Intelligent Life in the Universe

From Common Origins to the Future of Humanity

  • Peter Ulmschneider

Part of the Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics book series (ASTROBIO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Planets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Ulmschneider
      Pages 19-37
    3. Peter Ulmschneider
      Pages 39-49
    4. Peter Ulmschneider
      Pages 51-76
  3. Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Peter Ulmschneider
      Pages 79-104
    3. Peter Ulmschneider
      Pages 105-148
    4. Peter Ulmschneider
      Pages 149-166
  4. Intelligence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Peter Ulmschneider
      Pages 169-204
    3. Peter Ulmschneider
      Pages 205-227
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-253

About this book


This book addresses all those interested in the origins, development and fate of intelligent species in the observable part of our universe. In particular, the author scrutinizes what kind of information about extraterrestrial intelligent life can be inferred from our own biological, cultural and scientific evolution and the likely future of mankind. The first part of the book provides the necessary background information from space and life sciences, thus making the book also accessible to students and the scientifically educated layman.


astrobiology bioastronomy evolution exobiology extraterrestrial intelligent life life on Earth origins of life astronomy biology development earth extrasolar planet Extraterrestrial life planet universe

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Ulmschneider
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische AstrophysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-43214-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-43212-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1610-8957
  • Series Online ISSN 1613-1851
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