224 pages, 29 colour & 7 b/w illustrations
Are We Being Watched? applies the latest scientific discoveries and theories to enquire whether life exists on other planets and, if so, what forms it might take. Could there be, elsewhere, life as advanced as here on Earth, or are we more likely to find much more primitive life forms, or even no life at all? Can science tell us whether there is something out there? Or are we the sole living organisms in a desolate and boundless cosmos? This is an impeccably thorough review of the evidence, making accessible an extraordinary array of scientific findings, including cutting-edge research by biologists, astronomers and palaeontologists.
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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).