• by Jim Al-Khalili
  • Narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith, Bruce Mann, Katharine McEwan, Paul Michael, Kimberly Farr
  • 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In these lively and fascinating essays, scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like. Since 2000, science has seen a surge in data and interest on several fronts related to ET (extraterrestrials); AI (artificial intelligence); and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence). The debate has intensified over whether life exists outside our solar system, what that life would look like, and whether we'll ever make contact.
Included in this audiobook are essays from a broad spectrum of the scientific community: cosmologists, astrophysicists, NASA planetary scientists, and geneticists, to name just a few, discussing the latest research and theories relating to alien life. Some of the topics include: If life exists somewhere in space, what are the odds that it evolves into something we would recognize as intelligent? What will space travel look like in the future, and will it all be done by cyborg technology? How long until we are ruled by robot overlords? (This is actually a serious consideration.) Are we simply a simulation in the mind of some supreme being acting out a virtual reality game?
For those who have ever wondered, Is there anybody out there? here are the latest theories and evidence that move us closer to answering that question.


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Best thing I've listened to on audible 👍you wont be dissapointed if you are into SPACE STUFF
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- bryan d.

Space...................lots of space in space

Good info and solid science, gets you thinking about how small we really are in this universe....a spec on a rock circling a star in a sea of other stars with their circling rocks all rotating around a black hole, but wait...there are billions and billions more all doing the same thing too?!?! What a sick has too much space in between for us to travel or even try to communicate with any other life.
The big question is...where did this all come from, smart people back track things using evidence dug up along with some smart science but what was here before the Big Bang and what made the Big Bang happen!?!? Who or what made space and everything in it!?!?
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- jeff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio