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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life

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  • Is beautifully written, concise, but thorough, interesting, and thought-provoking

  • Gives a unique account of the Fermi paradox and its possible solutions

  • Provides extensive information about sources and suggestions for further reading

  • Connects insights from many scientific disciplines in an easy-to-follow way

  • Much expanded and revised edition

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Science and Fiction (SCIFICT)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Where Is Everybody?

    • Stephen Webb
    Pages 1-8
  3. Of Fermi and Paradox

    • Stephen Webb
    Pages 9-29
  4. They Are (or Were) Here

    • Stephen Webb
    Pages 31-75
  5. They Don’t Exist

    • Stephen Webb
    Pages 213-329
  6. Conclusion

    • Stephen Webb
    Pages 331-337
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 339-434

About this book

Given the fact that there are perhaps 400 billion stars in our Galaxy alone, and perhaps 400 billion galaxies in the Universe, it stands to reason that somewhere out there, in the 14-billion-year-old cosmos, there is or once was a civilization at least as advanced as our own. The sheer enormity of the numbers almost demands that we accept the truth of this hypothesis. Why, then, have we encountered no evidence, no messages, no artifacts of these extraterrestrials? 

In this second, significantly revised and expanded edition of his widely popular book, Webb discusses in detail the (for now!) 75 most cogent and intriguing solutions to Fermi's famous paradox: If the numbers strongly point to the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, why have we found no evidence of them?

Reviews from the first edition:

 "Amidst the plethora of books that treat the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence, this one by Webb … is outstanding. … Each solution is presented in a very logical, interesting, thorough manner with accompanying explanations and notes that the intelligent layperson can understand. Webb digs into the issues … by considering a very broad set of in-depth solutions that he addresses through an interesting and challenging mode of presentation that stretches the mind. … An excellent book for anyone who has ever asked ‘Are we alone?’." (W. E. Howard III, Choice, March, 2003)

"Fifty ideas are presented … that reveal a clearly reasoned examination of what is known as ‘The Fermi Paradox’. … For anyone who enjoys a good detective story, or using their thinking faculties and stretching the imagination to the limits … ‘Where is everybody’ will be enormously informative and entertaining. … Read this book, and whatever your views are about life elsewhere in the Universe, your appreciation for how special life is here on Earth will be enhanced! A worthy addition to any personal library." (Philip Bridle, BBC Radio, March, 2003)

Since gaining a BSc in physics from the University of Bristol and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, Stephen Webb has worked in a variety of universities in the UK. He is a regular contributor to the Yearbook of Astronomy series and has published an undergraduate textbook on distance determination in astronomy and cosmology as well as several popular science books. His interest in the Fermi paradox combines lifelong interests in both science and science fiction.

Keywords

  • Aliens and UFOs
  • Cosmic Biology
  • Extraterrestrial Life
  • Fermi Paradox
  • Rare Earth Hypothesis
  • SETI

Reviews

Selected by Choice magazine as an "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2015

“There are 397 notes and 21 pages of references. The arguments are engaging, clearly reasoned, and accessible to general readers. … This is one of the best books ever written on the subject of extraterrestrial intelligence. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.” (T. Barker, Choice, Vol. 53 (3), November, 2015)

Authors and Affiliations

  • DCQE, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

    Stephen Webb

About the author

Physicist Stephen Webb is best known as author of popular science books: he has published 'Measuring the Universe - The Cosmological Distance Ladder'  in 1999, the first edition of 'If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY? Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life' in 2002, 'Out of this World - Colliding Universes, Branes, Strings, and Other Wild Ideas of Modern Physics' in 2004 and 'New Eyes on the Universe - Twelve Cosmic Mysteries and the Tools We Need to Solve Them' in 2012.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

  • Book Subtitle: Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life

  • Authors: Stephen Webb

  • Series Title: Science and Fiction

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-13236-5

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Astronomy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-13235-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-13236-5

  • Series ISSN: 2197-1188

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-1196

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XV, 434

  • Number of Illustrations: 52 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour

  • Additional Information: With a Foreword by Martin Rees

  • Topics: Astrobiology, Astronomy, Cosmology and Space Sciences, Space Physics, Biogeosciences, Planetary Science

Buying options

eBook USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-13236-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)