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The detection of extra-terrestrial life and the consequences for science and society

Dominik, Martin and Zarnecki, John C. (2011). The detection of extra-terrestrial life and the consequences for science and society. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 369(1936) pp. 499–507.

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Astronomers are now able to detect planets orbiting stars other than the Sun where life may exist, and living generations could see the signatures of extra-terrestrial life being detected. Should it turn out that we are not alone in the Universe, it will fundamentally affect how humanity understands itself—and we need to be prepared for the consequences. A Discussion Meeting held at the Royal Society in London, 6–9 Carlton House Terrace, on 25–26 January 2010, addressed not only the scientific but also the societal agenda, with presentations covering a large diversity of topics.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Royal Society
ISSN: 1364-503X
Keywords: origin and evolution of life; extra-terrestrial life; extra-solar planets; astrobiology; search for extra-terrestrial intelligence; science and society
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 32106
Depositing User: Patricia Taylor
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2012 16:06
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2016 12:08
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