Aliens by Jim al-Khalili audiobook

Aliens: The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

By Jim al-Khalili
Read by  Nicholas Guy Smith , Bruce Mann , Katharine McEwan , Paul Michael , and Kimberly Farr

8.37 Hours 05/09/2017 Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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In these lively and fascinating essays, scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like. Since 2000, science has seen a surge in data and interest on several fronts related to E.T. (extraterrestrials); A.I. (artificial intelligence); and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence). The debate has intensified over whether life exists outside our solar system, what that life would look like, and whether we’ll ever make contact. Included in this audiobook are essays from a broad spectrum of the scientific community: cosmologists, astrophysicists, NASA planetary scientists, and geneticists, to name just a few, discussing the latest research and theories relating to alien life. Some of the topics include: If life exists somewhere in space, what are the odds that it evolves into something we would recognize as intelligent? What will space travel look like in the future, and will it all be done by cyborg technology? How long until we are ruled by robot overlords? (This is actually a serious consideration.) Are we simply a simulation in the mind of some supreme being, acting out a virtual reality game? For those who have ever wondered, Is there anybody out there? here are the latest theories and evidence that move us closer to answering that question. Read by Nicholas Guy Smith, Bruce Mann, Katharine McEwan, Paul Michael, and Kimberly Farr

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Summary

Summary

In these lively and fascinating essays, scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like. Since 2000, science has seen a surge in data and interest on several fronts related to E.T. (extraterrestrials); A.I. (artificial intelligence); and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence). The debate has intensified over whether life exists outside our solar system, what that life would look like, and whether we’ll ever make contact.

Included in this audiobook are essays from a broad spectrum of the scientific community: cosmologists, astrophysicists, NASA planetary scientists, and geneticists, to name just a few, discussing the latest research and theories relating to alien life. Some of the topics include: If life exists somewhere in space, what are the odds that it evolves into something we would recognize as intelligent? What will space travel look like in the future, and will it all be done by cyborg technology? How long until we are ruled by robot overlords? (This is actually a serious consideration.) Are we simply a simulation in the mind of some supreme being, acting out a virtual reality game?

For those who have ever wondered, Is there anybody out there? here are the latest theories and evidence that move us closer to answering that question.


Read by Nicholas Guy Smith, Bruce Mann, Katharine McEwan, Paul Michael, and Kimberly Farr

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliantly sharp collection.” Observer (London)
“Jim Al-Khalili has gathered a useful cross-section of the brightest minds in space science…[Aliens] goes far beyond the what and the where and the when of extraterrestrial-hunting to the biggest conundrum of all: why bother?..This book is always lucid and sometimes unexpectedly beautiful.” Times (London)
“A wide array of easily digestible, information-packed essays…An excellent primer on various concepts and aspects of potential alien life and the consequences of such an earth-shattering discovery.” Publishers Weekly
“Five talented narrators deliver lively audio interpretations of these essays, striking an effective balance between science and entertainment. Each narrator brings a unique voice and can be at once professorial, conversational, and even a little conspiratorial, as if he or she has fascinating secrets to share just with the listener…These narrators emulate great science teachers by keeping the material accessible and engaging.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Jim al-Khalili

Author Bio: Jim al-Khalili

Jim al-Khalili is a quantum physicist, author, and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey in England. He received his PhD in theoretical nuclear physics in 1989 and has published more than a hundred research papers on the subject. He is a well-known presenter on British television and radio, and his many popular science books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He is a recipient of the Royal Society of London’s Michael Faraday Prize and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal. In 2016 he received the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 8.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English