In this compelling book, leading scientists and historians explore the Drake Equation, which guides modern astrobiology's search for life beyond Earth. First used in 1961 as the organising framework for a conference in Green Bank, West Virginia, it uses seven factors to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilisations in our galaxy. Using the equation primarily as a heuristic device, this engaging text examines the astronomical, biological, and cultural factors that determine the abundance or rarity of life beyond Earth and provides a thematic history of the search for extraterrestrial life. Logically structured to analyse each of the factors in turn, and offering commentary and critique of the equation as a whole, contemporary astrobiological research is placed in a historical context. Each factor is explored over two chapters, discussing the pre-conference thinking and a modern analysis, to enable postgraduates and researchers to better assess the assumptions that guide their research.aCan a Collapse of Global Civilization Be Avoided?a Proceedings ... New York State Education Department, Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide. Available at www.p12. nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ghgonline/projects/features. html.
|Title||:||The Drake Equation|
|Author||:||Douglas A. Vakoch, Matthew F. Dowd|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2015-06-30|