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Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth (English Edition) van [Avi Loeb]

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Over de auteur

ABRAHAM (AVI) LOEB is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University, chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy, founding director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative, and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, serves as the science theory director for all Initiatives of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, as well as chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. Author of four books and over 700 scientific papers, Loeb is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. In 2012, Time selected Loeb as one of the twenty-five most influential people in space. --Deze tekst verwijst naar een alternatieve kindle_edition editie.


A Publishers Marketplace 2020 Buzz Book

"A tantalizing, probing inquiry into the possibilities of alien life."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Ingenious . . . Loeb's thought-provoking work of popular science will entertain those who wonder if humans are alone in the universe."
--Publishers Weekly

"It's good to be skeptical of audacious ideas. But it's also important to be open to audacious possibilities, and to think through their ramifications. Avi Loeb's sumptuously written book will provoke you to think about the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe in new and stimulating ways."
--Sean Carroll, New York Times bestselling author of Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

"'There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy, ' Hamlet tells Horatio. In this passionately argued, visionary book, astrophysicist Avi Loeb urges us to abandon the arrogant fantasy that we are the only sentient life form in the universe. He proposes that 'Oumaumua, an anomalous interstellar object first sighted on October 19, 2017, was a piece of extraterrestrial technological equipment. The clues, as Loeb carefully reviews them, are fascinating, and still more are his arguments for what they might reveal to us about our own brilliant, blinkered, and quite possibly doomed civilization."
--Stephen Greenblatt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

"In this well written and accessible book, a leading astronomer gives a provocative and thrilling account of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, with emphasis on his own imaginative ideas. Above all, Professor Loeb asks us to think big and to expect the unexpected."
--Alan Lightman, New York Times bestselling author of Einstein's Dreams and Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

"An exciting and eloquent case that we might have seen a sign of intelligent life near Earth--and that we should search further. As a world-renowned scientist and an innovative thinker, Avi Loeb opens your mind to some of the most important questions facing us as humans, and convinces you that scientific curiosity is key to our future success."
--Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder, 23andMe
--Deze tekst verwijst naar een alternatieve kindle_edition editie.


  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B087N7D3YZ
  • Uitgever ‏ : ‎ John Murray (4 februari 2021)
  • Taal ‏ : ‎ Engels
  • Bestandsgrootte ‏ : ‎ 1305 KB
  • Tekst-naar-spraak ‏ : ‎ Ingeschakeld
  • Schermlezer ‏ : ‎ Ondersteund
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  • Printlengte ‏ : ‎ 245 pagina's
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Kid Ferrous
1,0 van 5 sterren “Extraterrestrial” is extra silly
Beoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 21 februari 2021
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1,0 van 5 sterren “Extraterrestrial” is extra silly
Beoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 21 februari 2021
“The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth”, the title of this book proudly proclaims. So you know immediately that you may be heading deep into Woo County. Author Avi Loeb, a Harvard professor in case you missed the 38 mentions of it while reading the book, presents his case that the mysterious space object known as “Oumuamua”, our first known interstellar visitor, was (and presumably still is) alien in origin. Whether he succeeds or not is, I feel, down to one’s own personal beliefs. Personally, I believe it is hogwash, but that’s just my opinion, and I must give a review of the book itself.
Having been aware of the buzz around this book and read the wildly diverging reviews on Amazon, I felt I had to read it for myself so I could make up my own mind, having a cautious interest in the subject matter. This is what I always do in such cases and I recommend this approach to everyone.
The first thing I noticed on the product page was that the book has already been translated into several languages. This isn’t always a good sign; so was “The DaVinci Code”. While some books deserve this kind of international recognition, here I suspect it is because of the author’s ego rather than a natural reason. Or a sympathetic publisher.

From the introduction - “I submit that the simplest explanation for these peculiarities [of Oumuamua] is that the object was created by an intelligent civilisation not of this Earth.”

Having read that sentence, you’ve probably already decided if you want to read Loeb’s book or not.
The book starts in chapter 1 with an overview of the first observations and swift study of Oumuamua and a mild rebuke about keeping an open mind. (This happens a lot, sometimes not so mild.) In the second chapter, for some reason, Loeb tells us his life story and the history of Israel. These scenes will no doubt be awesome in the inevitable future movie version, probably directed by Ron Howard, but are barely relevant, save for the author wanting to show us what an amazing person he is. In fact the whole book screams out “please film this!”
The book then returns to the subject as Loeb details the peculiarities of the object, and compares himself to Galileo, who initially nobody believed when he claimed the Earth orbited the Sun. Nothing beats staying humble.
For fear of this review becoming longer than the book, my main takeaway from “Extraterrestrial” is that science believes one thing, Loeb believes another, therefore Loeb is right because his thing is “more exciting so stop being so closed minded”.
I am sure Loeb would like to be seen as the new Carl Sagan. Unfortunately he comes across more like a discount Steven Greer. Carl Sagan wouldn’t have looked at a funny-shaped asteroid and convinced himself it was an alien mothership. I’m sure he’d have liked it to be, but jumping from wishing it was and thinking it is, is a dangerous leap. That’s fair enough, he’s not the first, but as for the book itself I can’t recommend it. It’s preachy, judgemental and more than a little crazy.
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1,0 van 5 sterren The most disappointing book I have ever purchased
Beoordeeld in de Verenigde Staten op 30 januari 2021
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5,0 van 5 sterren A brilliant book. The author puts forward a strong case that Oumuamua was alien made.
Beoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 11 februari 2021
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2,0 van 5 sterren Disappointing.
Beoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 11 februari 2021
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Richard in Edinburgh
3,0 van 5 sterren Exciting theory but the book is mostly autobiographical
Beoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 12 februari 2021
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