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Vida inteligente en el universo

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  18 reviews
La disposición general de esta obra permanece como en la edición rusa: una presentación primero de formación astronómica, luego de la naturaleza de la vida y de su posible concurrencia en nuestro sistema solar y, finalmente, un tratamiento de la posibilidad de que existan en los planetas de otras estrellas civilizaciones técnicas comunicativas adelantadas.
Paperback, Primera edición, 559 pages
Published April 2nd 1984 by Editorial Reverté, S.A. (first published January 1st 1966)
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Sylvia
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: astronomy
Shklovsky's work is comprehensive and compelling. This is where Carl Sagan got his start - writing extensive foot-notes to Shklovsky's definitive exploration of the scientific and mathematical evidence for his conclusions that first, there almost certainly IS other intelligent life in the universe, and second, we will almost certainly never find them - and this was written before the expansion of the universe had been inferred. ...more
Robert Harris
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterful collaboration between two of the world's best astrophysists of the 20th century. The book begins with an exploration of the physical universe, something I found particularly useful as somewhat of a Physics rookie - Biology is my primary field. Sagan and Shklovskii then move on to talking about the primary topic of the book: Life. In particular, the possibility for the presence of life throughout the universe. The book supposes that life (in it's most rudimentary form) is in fact like ...more
John Jr.
Read it in the late 70s, in the original hardcover edition from 1966 (apparently not even listed here at Goodreads), as background while preparing a review of Carl Sagan's 1979 popular-science book, Broca's Brain. This collaboration with Soviet astrophysicist Iosif Shklovsky, which was a revised, extended, and retitled version of a book Shklovsky had published in 1962, struck me when I read it—and still does—as scientifically much more serious and focused than what I was reviewing. And yet I can ...more
Glenn
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable and interesting exploration of almost all the relevant aspects of intelligent life in the universe, that strikes a perfect balance between popular/academic science and breadth/depth.
It is a unique product of collaboration during the Cold War, and highlights the often-overlooked pioneering contributions of Soviet scientists.

A few of the scientific points have significantly shifted since it was published, but many of the more interesting speculative elements have become the leadi
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Sttaffy
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most rewarding reading experiences of my life. It's more dense and science-y than Cosmos, but it is perfect for someone looking for something a little deeper in terms of why things are the way they are.

The book spans the creation of the universe, to the formation of galaxies, the life cycle of the stars, the formation of heavy elements, the origins of planets, and the birth of our own solar system - not just the rough idea, but the actual science.

Then the authors explore life: what
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James Smith
Short review: An excellent and thorough treatment of the topic, if somewhat boring at times.

Longer review:
In order to be fair, this book is coming from the time before mankind had managed to land anyone on the moon. So the science was somewhat dated.

That being said, as someone who is somewhat familiar with the current state of astronomy (since I work in the industry), it was very interesting to see how in some respects, we have made tremendous progress in the last 50-60 years, and in other respe
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Hoke
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a good friend for a long time.
Ushan
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space
The first part of this book is a popular introduction to astronomy and cosmology; as far as I can tell, it is accurate but dated: a lot of discoveries were made after this book came out: pulsars, gamma-ray bursts; cosmic microwave background radiation was discovered just before the book was published. Also, a lot of what we know about the Solar system was found by robot explorers such as the Voyagers, which then just began to fly. The book speculates that dinosaurs became extinct at the end of t ...more
Nefeli
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[I can't find the english version of this on Goodreads (the title is "The Universe").]

An amazing book in which Carl Sagan explains the basics of astronomy and lays the foundation for the next two books in the series: "Life in the Universe" and "Intelligent Life in the Universe".

It's a little bit more complicated than the average book for beginners, so I wouldn't recommend it as a starting book for Astronomy, but the concepts are easy to understand by any common person like me with no degree who
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Elisabeth
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Well written, highly readable, but far too dated to be useful or even terribly interesting. It must have been fascinating in the late 60s, but I was left wondering how much of what they said has turned out in the long run to be even close to true. Some of the description of methodology has been interesting, though.
Joy
read this a long time ago. i remember being shocked that i was reading it first of all then even more shocked that i thoroughly enjoyed it and laughed a lot. carl is funny. yes, his a funny scientist.
Thomas
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little dense for the casual reader. But a really wonderful resource nonetheless.
Jay
Apr 14, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The best book on the subject. It covers a lot of ground in fine style.
Noel
Feb 24, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
recommended by mr.sinopoli
Terry
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delighted and dazzled me when I read this in high school (late 60's). Out of date now. ...more
Bramble
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun for a stubborn 8th grade geek.
Daniel Clark
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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In 1934, scientist Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. After earning bachelor and master's degrees at Cornell, Sagan earned a double doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1960. He became professor of astronomy and space science and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, and co-founder of the Planetary Society. A great popularizer of science, Sagan produced th ...more

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