Beyond UFOs: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Its Astonishing Implications for Our Future

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INDEX
Albertus Magnus, Saint, 1, 4, 177
Alexander the Great, 31
Allen Telescope Array, 193
Alphonso X, 30
Alvarez, Luis, 106
Alvarez, Walter, 106
Angelou, Maya, 111
apparent retrograde motion (of planets), 27–28
Aristarchus, 7, 28
Aristotle, 5, 7, 17, 24, 31, 35, 80; and Christian theology, 6; on evolution, 74; on uniqueness of Earth, 6, 7–8
astrobiology, definition of, 2
astrology, 35
atomists (Greek), 5–6
Ayres, Tom, 44
Big Bang, 55–56
Brahe, Tycho, 33
brown dwarfs, 165
Buffon, Georges, 10
Callisto, possibility of life on, 153
carbon dioxide cycle, 118
Cassini-Huygens mission, 155
Cech, Thomas, 99
center of the universe syndrome, xiv, 162
civilizations: as defined for Drake equation, 187; galactic, 205; how they can grow up, 201; marks made on worlds, 185; technological lifetimes, 192
Clarke, Arthur C., 58, 197
Copernican revolution, 7, 31–37, 148, 163; central lesson of, 16; and relevance to life among stars, 9
Copernicus, 4, 7, 32–38
cosmic address, our, 13
D. radiodurans, 70, 71, 102, 168
dark matter, 16
Darling, David, 5
Darwin, Charles, 38, 49, 62, 75–81, 97, 141
debate in the absence of facts, 8
Democritus, 5
dinosaurs, extinction of, 106–9
Doppler effect, 174
Drake equation, 186–93
Drake, Frank, 186
Dyson, Freeman, 87
Earth: age of, 49–52; atmosphere of, 117; origin of life on, 18
Einstein, Albert, 22, 35
Enceladus, 157
Epicurus, 5
EQ (encephalization quotient), 190
Europa, 1, 8, 12, 19, 149–53, 158; evidence for ocean on, 150; possible life on, 151
evidence, eyewitness versus scientific, 39–40
evolution: in the classroom, 79–81; of complex life, 104; theory of, 74–78
exobiology. See astrobiology
extrasolar planets: definition of, 12; detection of, 12, 170–77
Fermi paradox, 197, 202–5
Galilean moons, search for life on, 148–53
Galileo, 4, 8, 33, 35, 148
Ganymede, possibility of life on, 153
Gates, Bill, 60
geological time scale, 89–90
Gingerich, Owen, 34
global warming, 133–35
Goldstein, Jeff, 44

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