Interstellar : the search for extraterrestrial life and our future in the stars / Avi Loeb.
"In New York Times bestseller Extraterrestrial, Avi Loeb, Chair of Harvard's Astronomy Department, presented a theory that shook the scientific community: our solar system, Loeb claimed, had been visited by a piece of advanced alien technology from a distant star. This provocative and persuasive argument opened thousands of minds to the vast possibilities of our universe and the existence of intelligent life beyond Earth. But a crucial question remained: now that we are aware of the existence of extraterrestrial life, what do we do next? How do we prepare ourselves for interaction with interstellar extraterrestrial civilization? How can our species become interstellar? Now, Loeb tackles these questions in a revelatory, powerful call to arms that reimagines the idea of contact with extraterrestrial civilizations. Dismantling our science-fiction fueled visions of a human and alien life meeting, Interstellar provides a realistic and practical blueprint for how such an interaction might actually occur, resetting our cultural understanding and expectation of what it means to encounter an extraterrestrial object. From breakthrough advancements in deep space probes, to awe-inspiring searches for extraterrestrial technology, to the heated debate of the existence of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, Loeb provides a thrilling, front-row view of the monumental progress in science and technology currently preparing us for contact. He also lays out the profound implications of becoming-or not becoming-interstellar; in an urgent, eloquent appeal for more proactive engagement with the world beyond ours, he powerfully contends why we must seek out other life forms, and in the process, choose who and what we are within the universe. Combining cutting edge science, physics, and philosophy, Interstellar revolutionizes the approach to our search for extraterrestrial life and our preparation for its discovery. In this eye-opening, necessary look at our future, Avi Loeb artfully and expertly raises some of the most important questions facing us as humans, and proves, once again, that scientific curiosity is the key to our survival"-- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9780063250871
- ISBN: 006325087X
- Physical Description: 246 pages ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Ascending the ladder of civilizations -- The dawn of our interstellar future -- New telescopes for extraterrestrials -- The messenger -- Leaving Earth -- Knowledge and wisdom -- Survival of the optimists -- Our technological future -- Noah's spacecraft -- The cosmic ladder.
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