Then it shows us how we have polished our understanding of the cosmos throughout centuries—with the help of great minds. The book does not talk about The universe is a pretty big place. The first chapter—Worlds beyond Imagination—opens the reader's eye by showing how enormously big the universe is. It suddenly seems perverse to think that we are the only one, right? The next few chapters gives the readers an understanding of what we would need to determine to at least reasonably answer that question of if we are indeed alone.
After having an understanding based on the data we have at the present moment, the author then analyzes how likely it is that we are part of a galactic civilization.
Speaking of data, the book was published in , and in these four and a half years, the data we have has changed tremendously. For example, when the author was writing the book, I assume the spacecraft Kepler did not even launch. The author talks about how we are not sure if Earth-size planets are common or rare and Kepler would give us a sense of which hypothesis is correct.
Based on the data of Kepler some astrophysicists now say that we might have at least 17 billion earth-size planets—only in our own galaxy. As the subtitle suggests, this question does have astonishing implications for our future. As the author mentioned, we are still growing up as a civilization. To be able to communicate, we still need to grow more and only then can we join the group of adults that are perhaps so much advanced than us. It makes almost all of your problems seem so small when thinking about the vastness of the universe.
And thinking that we might not be alone, makes all of our internal problems in this world seem so childish. The book is written easily for the laymen to understand and the author explains everything lucidly. Picture our descendants living among the stars, having created or joined the great galactic civilization. They will have the privilege of experiencing ideas, worlds, and discoveries far beyond our wildest imaginations. Perhaps, in their history lessons, they will learn of our generation—the generation that history placed at the turning point, the generation that managed to steer its way past the dangers of self-destruction, and the generation that first stepped onto the path to the stars hide spoiler ] Is The quest for extraterrestrial life doesn't happen only in science fiction.
Dec 21, Jerry Caldwell rated it really liked it. This was much different than I had imagined it would be, and I really enjoyed it. But here is a qualifier; I am fascinated with space and the search for extraterrestrial life. Jeffrey Bennett is a good writer. I am certain this cannot be said of many astrobiologists or physicists. His writing style makes this an easy read. As with any good non-fiction book I learned more than I expected to. Jeffrey does a great job of explaining what it means to answer the question "are we alone?
It all comes down to identifying planets that have the potential to host life. Like most novice space enthusiasts I want to know the answers without the discipline of years of study.
Of course, yes, I know this is silly; that it takes years of study to truly understand what we seek. Jeffrey Bennett does a great job of providing a window into what he has learned; what it truly means to be on a quest to answer what is perhaps our most difficult question as a human race. If you want to go beyond the stereotypical UFO hunter - learn what it means to answer the question "are we alone" - then I recommend you start with this book.
You may not get the answers you want, or maybe you will, but what you do get is what it means to be searching for those answers.
Bennett Goodreads Author ,. Jul 16, Adam rated it it was ok. Bookseller Completion Rate This reflects the percentage of orders the seller has received and filled. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. They will have the privilege of experiencing ideas, worlds, and discoveries far beyond our wildest imaginations. This reviewer especially liked the last chapter, "Where Is Everybody," which discusses the Fermi paradox.
Aug 09, Michelle rated it liked it. This was the book they are having Freshman read here--since it's science related, I'm helping with a discussion forum, so I hope it's going to be interesting. It's a good read for the "process of discovery" in science, and This was the book they are having Freshman read here--since it's science related, I'm helping with a discussion forum, so I hope it's going to be interesting.
It's a good read for the "process of discovery" in science, and it's also interesting. I feel like I learned some things about the way the solar system, galaxy, etc. It also seems like there will be good things to discuss with the freshman discussion group tomorrow, so looking forward to that. Was worried none of us would have actually finished the book, but at least I will have read it! I gave it three stars rather than four or more stars, probably because it's nonfiction and it's not as quite as engaging as a novel with the juicy story of someone's life, but it's still good.
Apr 08, Al Sirois rated it it was amazing. A sane, well-balanced and very readable book about extraterrestrial life written by a scientist who take a careful look at assumptions we make about aliens and science. He discuses the Intelligent Design viewpoint without snark but is a science promoter all the way.
He has a sense of humor and adds personal experiences as he goes. He takes the time to go back along the history of the scientific method to discuss what science is, and ho A sane, well-balanced and very readable book about extraterrestrial life written by a scientist who take a careful look at assumptions we make about aliens and science.
If humans are going to meet that challenge, Bennett argues, we must solve "global warming, debilitating disease, terrorism, poverty, and war. We must use our compassion to teach all people to respect all others, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or gender.
Bennett does a wonderful job of explaining the conditions necessary for simple life, how we might discern its existence and where we should be looking. He then does the same thing for intelligent life.
While he is fair to those who believe life is incredibly rare, he makes a compelling case that life is likely to be abundant. He also predicts that we will gather incontrovertible proof of intelligent life in the universe within the next 20 to 30 years. Beyond UFOs is a somewhat misleading title.
This work contains very little about UFOs, but it does provide a large amount of information on the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Particularly enjoyable is the down-to-earth writing; Bennett, an astrophysicist, author, and educator, tells the reader exactly how he feels about various topics even the role of God in the scheme of things.
Readers may not agree with everything he says, but he does offer food for thought. Much of the material is standard for a book of this type, but the difference lies in the presentation. Bennett does an excellent job of discussing such topics as what life is, how it was formed on Earth, what makes a planet ideal for life, and why people have not seen extraterrestrials. This reviewer especially liked the last chapter, "Where Is Everybody," which discusses the Fermi paradox.
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