A mathematical model for evolution and SETI

  • Claudio Maccone
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Darwinian evolution theory may be regarded as a part of SETI theory in that the factor fl in the Drake equation represents the fraction of planets suitable for life on which life actually arises.


Living Species Darwinian Evolution DARWINIAN Selection Galactic Chemical Evolution Lognormal Probability Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Academy of Astronautics and Istituto Nazionale di AstrofisicaTorino (Turin)Italy

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