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Jean Heidmann

Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Is there life elsewhere in the universe? And if so how might we find out about it and make contact with it. These are the questions which Jean Heidmann looks at in his book Extraterrestrial Intelligence

The book starts with a look at the origin of the universe, and the formation of stars, galaxies and planetary systems. Heidmann goes on to discuss the origin of life, on Earth, and where the building blocks of life might have come from. He describes the places where these building blocks might be found, including the interstellar medium, comets and meteorites as well as the surfaces of planetary satellites such as Titan. This is followed by a look at the idea that life may have arisen on Mars. The second part of the book examines the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, how we are looking for it, at what we might do if we found it.

The book was published over ten years ago in a fast moving field, so it necessarily is a bit dated. I felt that it might have benefitted from a more autobiographical style. Heidmann is often describing work he has done and people he has worked with, and such a style might make the book appeal to a wider readership. As it is it will appeal to those with an interest in exobiology, who want to get beyond the popular accounts but don't want to go as far as the textbooks on the subject which are now becoming availiable.

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Paperback 268 pages  
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Published: 1997 Cambridge University Press
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By what criteria should we judge whether we are alone in the cosmos, and how should we set about detecting extraterrestrials? Jean Heidmann answers these questions in this engaging discussion of extraterrestrial intelligence. Using clear explanations, including new and updated information, he covers the entire subject of extraterrestrial intelligence including the SETI project and what might happen if actual contact takes place.