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Since gaining a BSc in physics from the University of Bristol and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, Stephen Webb has worked in a variety of universities in the UK. He is a regular contributor to the Yearbook of Astronomy series and has published an undergraduate textbook on distance determination in astronomy and cosmology as well as several popular science books. His interest in the Fermi paradox combines lifelong interests in both science and science fiction.

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It’s probably the oldest problem in astronomy: what’s the origin of high-energy cosmic rays? Finally, the question might have been solved.


Victor Hess discovered cosmic rays back in 1912, but it proved incredibly difficult to identify the astrophysical source of these bullets. The obstacle to progress was the fact that charged cosmic rays – whether protons or atomic nuclei – don’t follow a strai...

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If the Universe Is Teeming ...

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Out of This World: Collidin...

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Where Are They? the Fermi P...

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Social Work in a Risk Socie...

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New Eyes on the Universe: T...

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Palaeopathology of Aborigin...

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Measuring the Universe

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Prehistoric Stress In Austr...

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“Believing the world is calm because we have never seen it otherwise is like taking the attitude of a man who jumps off the top of a tall building and figures that, since 29 of the 30 floors have passed without incident, he is going to be okay.”
Stephen Webb, If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens... Where Is Everybody? Fifty Solutions to Fermi's Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life

“Lee Smolin estimates the probability of picking a set of random parameters that generate a universe favorable to life is 1-in-10229.”
Stephen Webb, If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens... Where Is Everybody? Fifty Solutions to Fermi's Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life



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