Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Extraterrestrial Intelligence - the Search Goes On

Introducing David Wilkinson's new book, Science, Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, published by OUP, August 2013 ..... 


What the experts say.... 

‘A very readable and scientifically informed account of SETI and the intriguing issues it raises for theology. A superb example of the ways in which theology and contemporary science can interact in a positive way.’ Professor Keith Ward

‘A brilliant analysis of the possibility that there may be other intelligent beings not easily recognised by us, for which one day evidence may be found through SETI. This is the science-religion dialogue as it should be.’ Professor Andrew Briggs

'David Wilkinson draws on his training in Physics and Theology to grapple with these fascinating questions in a thoughtful, informed and highly lucid manner.’ Professor Carlos Freak

David explores what the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe - something that could happen quite soon - might mean for religion. Such a discovery would have as much impact as the Darwinian or Copernican revolutions and it would certainly provoke a revolution in self understanding for Christians on the same scale as Darwin's discoveries in the nineteenth century.  

I cannot get the OUP flyer to reproduce here, so I quote from it,
'It is now over 50 years since the first modern scientific papers were published on SETI. Yet the religious implications of this search and possible discovery have never been systematically addressed in the scientific or theological arena.' That is what David does in this book, drawing on his background as an astrophysicist and a theologian and, amazingly, illuminating this with his broad knowledge and understanding of popular culture. There can't be many books that are not only equally credible to scientists and theologians but also demonstrate an understanding of the influence of pop culture on science!

Hurry to buy your unput-downable copy - there's 20% off until 11th September if you place your order directly with OUP.

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Did you know that the Kepler mission has already collected over 1,000 planetary candidates as hosts for extraterrestrial intelligence? 

1 comment:

  1. I'm about halfway through this. Absolutely fascinating and very thought-provoking