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The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology Paperback – August 24, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0813537337 ISBN-10: 0813537339

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (August 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813537339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813537337
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All that has happened in the brief history of astrobiology is but a prelude to some of the most important future discoveries in the history of science and philosophy. This book is the only place where you can find out what really happened in the struggle to make astrobiology respectable." - Frank Drake, senior scientist and director of the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute "This is a wonderful book by two of the best historians of biology in the business." - Michael Ruse, author of Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?"

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Steven J. Dick is the Chief Historian at NASA and associate editor of the International Journal of Astrobiology. Among his books are Sky and Ocean Joined: The U.S. Naval Observatory, 1830-2000, and Life on Other Worlds, which has been translated into four languages. James E. Strick is the author of Sparks of Life: Darwinism and the Victorian Debates over Spontaneous Generation. He is an assistant professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Franklin and Marshall College.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Lynch on January 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Dick and Strick present a history of astrobiological research from the 1950's to the present time. The reader is treated - and I mean treated - to wonderful expositions of the politics and science of NASA's involvement in astrobiology. Featuring early origin of life research, the Viking mission, and the Mars meteorite (among other topics), this work will appeal to scientists and historians alike. Most importantly, it is accessible to non-specialists. Well worth picking up if you are interested in astrobiology and how important that field is to the future of NASA.
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By B. weilburg on December 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
No stars for govt operative with bs Carl Sagan religion!! This quack talks a story of logic then loses all credibility by failing
To admit to the massive govt coverup and
Threats to anyone or anything proving the
Existence of alien life forms or ultra terrestrial as they may be! Calling millions of people frauds and lunatics for implying
Roswell was real etc the Fermi paradox that he clings to proposes there can be no aliens because there would have to be a ton of hard evidence and there is not!! His
Entire repertoire his intense resume a complete fraud given his level of denial
About people with hard evidence having confiscated by govt and their lives threatened! He lives in complete denial
Of what hundreds of experienced pilots
Radar operators astronauts have told us!
Who do you trust? Academic govt worker
Or hard working pilots? Investigators? Police? So many cases yet complete denial as if were all crazy and his proof is a lack of hard evidence, nevermind the Roswell debris nevermind bill and Betty hill forget randleshim forget the sherrif
In New Mexico the entire population of Phoenix the workers from Area 51
Etc it's an obvious government operative
Spreading disinformation pretending
People are not being threatened disappeared slandered etc to look for
Bacteria organisms on comets when we
Can be sure alien bodies are in our govts possession makes him a complete fraud
And the proof he's looking for is covered
Up and anyone trying to uncover it risks their life!! He's a part of the problem
Not the et search party!! That's why he
Favors programs like SETI lol when we all know now about entanglement it's implication in communicating thru vast
Distances so the fraud that SETI and
Sagans religion propose is reprehensible!
I could not recommend the book it's a waste of time and money.
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