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Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Science) Paperback – June 12, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1461411642 ISBN-10: 1461411645 Edition: 2012th

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Product Details

  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Popular Science
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461411645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461411642
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book would be a good introduction to the idea of space colonization for those who otherwise might consider it as an utopian idea while reading about the technologies necessary for transporting hundreds of people to distant locations in the Solar System and possibly terraforming a planet. ‘Emigrating Beyond Earth’ shows it all more in a way that’s easily understandable and logical without too much previous knowledge.” (Kadri Tinn, Astromadness.com, September, 2014)

“A basic premise of this work is that ‘human migration into space will be the continuation of the natural process of evolution.’ … the authors examine the pros and cons of colonization and conclude that it both can and should be attempted. To support their case, they note some potential catastrophes that could lead to the extinction of humans, and believe that space colonization may be necessary for the survival of the human species. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers.” (T. Barker, Choice, Vol. 50 (6), February, 2013)

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For four million years humankind has been actively expanding geographically and in doing so has adapted to a wide variety of hostile environments. Now we are looking towards the ultimate adaptation - the colonization of space. Emigrating Beyond Earth illustrates that this is not a technocratic endeavor, but a natural continuation of human evolution; a journey not just for the engineer and rocket scientist, but for everyman. Based on the most current understanding of our universe, human adaptation and evolution, the authors explain why space colonization must be planned as an adaptation to, rather than the conquest of, space.

Emigrating Beyond Earth argues that space colonization is an insurance policy for our species, and that it isn't about rockets and robots, it's about humans doing what we've been doing for four million years: finding new places and new ways to live.

Applying a unique anthropological approach, the authors outline a framework for continued human space exploration and offer a glimpse of a possible human future involving interstellar travel and settlement of worlds beyond our own.


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 28, 2013
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This is an Anthropology textbook. It begins with single celled organisms and goes right up the evolutionary chain from fish to modern man, chapter by chapter. The last section of the book deals with space travel, discussing the adaptations that will be needed to succeed, and the points for and against financing future space endeavors. If you buy this book solely based on the title and cover art you may be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on July 24, 2013
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Futurist anthropologists Cameron Smith and Evan Davies take us on a voyage through our entire existence. Armed with a full arsenal of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, technology, history and philosophy - they go all out demonstrating beyond doubt that "Emigrating Beyond Earth" is not a choice but a necessity.

In earth exploration the trend is moving away from the elite in favor of the every man. This is true also for space. Smith and Davies put this development in intriguing context. We get to see the future in a new light, derived from the study of evolutionary adaption. The book lays out the case for human space emigration in convincing detail informed by billions of years of evolution. What is life exactly? How did it get here? What has worked out and what has failed? How can we survive?

Writers making science accessible and interesting for the layman are rare finds. Emigrating Beyond Earth manages the task without thinning the subject. Cameron Smith was covered at Explorersweb for innovative design in polar travel and recently by Wired magazine for building his own space suit. Scientist by education, engineer by practice and explorer at heart he belongs to a new generation ready to take destiny into their own hands.

Right up there with Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity Is Near" and alongside useful accounts in the genre such as latest "Makers" by Chris Anderson - the visionary "Emigrating Beyond Earth" is one of the greatest books I've read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alhashim_aviation on February 27, 2014
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Well .. this is what all space researchers and enterpalnatory observors should read and understand before taking any decision or any step further to the space.
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