By Douglas A. Vakoch

This publication addresses very important present and historic subject matters in astrobiology and the hunt for all times past Earth, together with the quest for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). the 1st part covers the plurality of worlds debate from antiquity during the 19th century, whereas part covers the extraterrestrial existence debate from the 20 th century to the current. the ultimate part examines the societal influence of getting to know existence past Earth, together with either cultural and non secular dimensions. through the booklet, authors draw hyperlinks among their very own chapters and people of alternative individuals, emphasizing the interconnections among a few of the strands of the historical past and societal influence of the quest for extraterrestrial life.

The chapters are all written through the world over famous specialists and are rigorously edited by way of Douglas Vakoch, professor of medical psychology on the California Institute of imperative reports and Director of Interstellar Message Composition on the SETI Institute.

This interdisciplinary publication will gain everyone attempting to comprehend the that means of astrobiology and SETI for our human society.

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