The Science of Aliens
By (author) Clifford A. Pickover
Science of Aliens by Clifford A. Pickover
Book DescriptionIf extraterrestrials ever landed on Earth, they would find us extremely strange. Their first intimation of our existence might well be a Super Bowl broadcast or a stray transmission from the Playboy channel. But, of course, they might seem equally strange to us. How strange? Their senses could be entirely different from ours--they might see in the infrared or "hear" radio waves.What would aliens look like? An intelligent octopus-like creature is certainly plausible. What about odd numbers of limbs--a three-legged alien with three arms and three eyes? What about an entire planet of immobile, silicon-based "trees" that communicate with each other via electrical signals?The Science of Aliens gets weirder still. Could a giant interstellar cloud be "alive" and intelligent? Could creatures live at extremely high pressures and temperatures? And which of these many possibilities would be similar enough to us that they could communicate with them, or they with us? Would they have any interest in abducting us? Would they want to have sex with us?In classic Pickover style, here is speculation at the far edge of knowledge--and beyond.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465073153
(203mm x 127mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 5-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Fractal 3D Magic, Hardback (September 2014)
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Math Book, Hardback (April 2014)» View all books by Clifford A. Pickover
A fascinating appreciation of 250 milestones in the history of mathematics, covering topics spanning more than 150 million years.
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Author Biography - Clifford A. Pickover
Clifford T. Pickover is on the research staff of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. He is a regular columnist for Discover Magazine and an associate editor for the magazines Computers and Graphics, Computers and Physics, Odyssey, and Theta. His many previous books include Mazes for the Mind; Keys to Infinity; Computers and the Imagination; Can You Escape?; Black Holes: A Traveler's Guide; and The Alien IQ Test.
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