Our Cosmic Future: Humanity's Fate in the Universe

Our Cosmic Future: Humanity's Fate in the Universe

by StephenLyle (Translator), NikosPrantzos (Author)

Synopsis

Shall we return to the Moon? Could we colonise Mars, and other planets in our solar system? How might we travel to the distant stars, in our own Galaxy and beyond? Why haven't we yet met an extraterrestrial civilisation? How can we avoid the various cosmic threats, such as asteroid collisions? Could we escape the remote but certain death of our Sun? What is the ultimate fate of the Universe itself? This captivating and unprecedented book is about the future of the human race in the Universe, for the centuries, millennia and eons to come. It is not an account of 'what will happen', but of 'what could happen', in the light of our current knowledge, scientists' speculations, and their philosophical and social implications. Drawing also on historical accounts and classic works of science fiction, it artfully displays a gripping preview of Our Cosmic Future.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 13 Apr 2000

ISBN 10: 052177098X
ISBN 13: 9780521770989
Book Overview: A gripping preview of humanity's future in the Universe, drawing on current scientific knowledge, historical accounts and classic science fiction.

Media Reviews
'This book is a delight to read and ... a valuable addition to the scientific literature at a popular level ... a one-of-a-kind book.' Armand Delsemme, University of Toledo Ohio and author of Our Cosmic Origins
'I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Prantzo has presented us with an exciting view of humanity's cosmic venture ... Bravo!' Ben Finney, University of Hawaii
'How many scientists let free their imagination and tease the muse of writing? Prantzos is without a doubt one of the most promising ...' Le Monde
'This is one of the most original books in recent years: a guide to the future in the light of recent advances in astronomy.' Science et Vie
'... an excellent overview of humanity's possibilities in space, and it should be enjoyable to anyone with an interest in the topic.' Jeff Minerd, The Futurist
'This a very interesting and informative book.' Peter D. Mata, Spaceflight
'This captivating and unprecedented book is about the future of the human race in the Universe ... artfully displays a gripping preview of Our Cosmic Future.' Europe & Astronomy
Science-fiction enthusiasts, among others, will find a nice summary of various ideas about the fate of our species. American Scientist
An enormous task, accomplished with remarkable effectiveness in a small volume marrying diagrams and pictures with very lucid writing. Choice
The book provides an excellent overview of humanity's possibilities in space, and it should be enjoyable to anyone with an interest in the topic. The Futurist
Readers interested in a superb melding of the present state of astrophysics and substantive science fiction will certainly be fasinated by this work. Nikos Prantzos gives the reader a well balanced presentation...Secondary school science teachers will find the numerous tables, sketches and insights very helpful in clarifying astronomical relationship as well as illustarting the potential for living and traveling in space. Our Cosmic Future