Man's Place in the Universe
by Alfred R. Wallace
Publisher: Chapman and Hall 1904
Number of pages: 330
Contents: early ideas; modern ideas; the new astronomy; the distribution of the stars; distances of stars - the sun's motion; unity and the evolution of the star-system; are the stars infinite?; our relation to the Milky Way; the uniformity of matter and its laws; the essential characters of organisms; physical condition essential for life; the Earth in relation to life; the atmosphere in relation to life; the other planets are not habitable; the stars - have they planets?
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by Gregg Easterbrook - The Atlantic Monthly
Scanning the universe to see if we have company has fallen out of favor among many scientists, but the true believers who continue to search raise diverting questions -- why planets form where they do, and how life began, and where we might end up.
by Stephen H. Dole - RAND Corporation
The book examines and estimates the probabilities of finding planets habitable to man and where they might be found. The author presents in detail the characteristics of a planet that can provide an acceptable environment for humankind.
by Philip Morrison, John Billingham, John Wolfe - NASA
In the late twentieth century, scientists converged upon the basic idea of scanning the sky and 'listening' for non-random patterns of electromagnetic emissions in order to detect another possible civilization somewhere else in the universe.
by Luke A. Barnes - arXiv
We will touch on such issues as the logical necessity of the laws of nature; objectivity, invariance and symmetry; theoretical physics and possible universes; entropy in cosmology; cosmic inflation and initial conditions; galaxy formation; etc.