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  • Published: 6 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141037783
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 242
  • RRP: $30.00

The Eerie Silence

Are We Alone in the Universe?




The riveting new book from bestselling author, Paul Davies looking at SETI - the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

Paul Davies' The Eerie Silence: Searching For Ourselves in the Universe is an engaging and lucid guide to the 'Fermi Paradox' - why isn't the universe teeming with alien life?
If aliens ever contact us, it will be the single most significant event in human history. And Paul Davies will be responsible for saying something back.
For fifty years the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence has been scanning the skies. Now Davies, head of SETI's Post-Detection Task Group, with 'a rare talent for making physics mind-bogglingly vivid and exciting' (Times Higher Education), explores what the mysterious silence it has encountered could mean.
Here he looks at exciting new ways to make contact with extra-terrestrial life. He considers what form advanced alien intelligence is likely to take if it exists. And more importantly, what exactly it would mean if it didn't ­- how extraordinary it would be if we were alone, to be human and here in this staggering, eerie silence...
'A magnificent cosmic tour of what might be out there in space'
Sunday Times
'Rather wonderful'
New Scientist
'Conveys excellently the fascination of the quest'
The Times
'An authoritatively written, immensely clear, lay person's guide to the many things we don't know about the rest of the universe'
Guardian
Paul Davies is Director of the BEYOND Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, and co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative, both at Arizona State University. An internationally-acclaimed physicist, writer and broadcaster, Davies is the author of some twenty award-winning books, including The Eerie Silence:Searching for Ourselves in the Universe, The Goldilocks Enigma:Why is the Universe Just Right for Life? and The Mind of God: Science and the Search for Ultimate Meaning.

  • Published: 6 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141037783
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 242
  • RRP: $30.00

About the author

Paul Davies

Paul Davies is a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. He is Regents’ Professor and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University, where he was for five years also Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative and Principal Investigator of the Center for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology. Prior to his move to the USA in 2006, he helped create the Australian Centre for Astrobiology in Sydney. Davies has written over 30 books, many for the general public. He has three honorary doctorates and Fellowship of University College London. In 1995 he was awarded the Templeton Prize in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace for his work on the deeper meaning of science. He was also awarded the Faraday Prize by The Royal Society, the Kelvin Medal by the UK Institute of Physics, the 2011 Robinson Cosmology Prize, and many book awards, as well as three honorary degrees. In June 2007 he was named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours list and in December 2011 he was presented with the Bicentenary Medal of Chile. The asteroid 1992 OG was renamed (6870) Pauldavies in recognition of his work on cosmic impacts. Paul Davies is also known worldwide as a television and radio commentator and is the author of hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

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