Are We Being Watched?
The Search for Life in the Cosmos
- ISBN 9780500516713
- 23.00 x 15.20 cm
- 36 Illustrations, 29 in colour
- First published 2013
‘An impeccably thorough review … makes accessible an extraordinary array of scientific findings ’ – Magonia
‘Provocative … Murdin is an excellent and thoughtful guide’ – New Scientist
'... this is a measured investigation: Murdin, ever clear-eyed, is well prepared to accept that we are unique.' – Nature
‘Murdin is an experienced and lucid writer … will be a great addition to the school or college library’– School Science Review
Renowned astronomer Paul Murdin offers up-to-date answers to some of the greatest questions human beings can ask:
• How did complex life arise on Earth?
• Are we alone in a desolate universe?
• Was life transported to Earth by a comet or meteor?
• Has there ever been life on Mars – and will it be found to survive there?
• Is intelligent life from elsewhere in the universe attempting to contact us?
Are We Being Watched? describes the most recent research and makes cutting-edge astronomical thinking accessible to anyone who has wondered whether there is life beyond the Earth. Join in exploring the extraordinary array of evidence we must consider to determine if there is life in the stars; the habitats that exist on alien worlds; and the stunning images that show conditions elsewhere in the Solar System.
Paul Murdin has degrees from Oxford University and the University of Rochester, New York. In 1971 he discovered the first black hole in our Galaxy. He has been President of the European Astronomical Society, Director of Science in the British National Space Centre and Treasurer of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has published some 150 scientific papers, edited the specialist multi-volume Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and is the author of a number of popular books on astronomy, including Secrets of the Universe (Thames & Hudson).