The Evolution of Technological Civilizations within the Limits of Their Own Solar Systems

  • M. D. Papagiannis
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 144)


Advanced stellar civilizations are expected by the Drake equation to live for 106–107 years. Since the interstellar transport of resources is unrealistic, they would manage to have such long lives only if they would adhere to a practically zero growth in all of their matter and energy related activities. The social implications are discussed.


Solar System Present Rate Doubling Period Social Implication Technological Civilization 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. Papagiannis
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  1. 1.Astronomy DepartmentBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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