From Chaos to Consciousness: A Brief History of the Universe
by Mike Corwin
Publisher: Bookboon 2015
Number of pages: 166
A textbook intended for a one-semester course in Astronomy. After a few introductory chapters on the history of astronomy and the present universe, it is narrowly focused on material directly and chronologically related to the eventual rise of conscious beings in the universe.
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by Gregg Easterbrook - The Atlantic Monthly
Scanning the universe to see if we have company has fallen out of favor among many scientists, but the true believers who continue to search raise diverting questions -- why planets form where they do, and how life began, and where we might end up.
by Alfred R. Wallace - Chapman and Hall
Contents: early ideas; modern ideas; the new astronomy; the distribution of the stars; distances of stars - the sun's motion; unity and the evolution of the star-system; are the stars infinite?; our relation to the Milky Way; and more.
by Luke A. Barnes - arXiv
We will touch on such issues as the logical necessity of the laws of nature; objectivity, invariance and symmetry; theoretical physics and possible universes; entropy in cosmology; cosmic inflation and initial conditions; galaxy formation; etc.
by Douglas A. Vakoch - NASA
Addressing a field that has been dominated by astronomers, physicists, and computer scientists, the contributors to this collection raise questions about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence.