By Michael J. Crowe
This publication offers key files from the pre-1915 background of the extraterrestrial existence debate. Introductions and commentaries accompany each one resource rfile, a few of that are released the following for the 1st time or in a brand new translation. Authors integrated are Aristotle, Lucretius, Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa, Galileo, Kepler, Pascal, Fontenelle, Huygens, Newton, Pope, Voltaire, Kant, Paine, Chalmers, Darwin, Wallace, Dostoevski, Lowell, and Antoniadi, between others. Michael J. Crowe has compiled an intensive bibliography no longer to be had in different sources.
“There are a great deal of books on ET, yet just a small variety of them take a ancient process . . . somebody drawn to the heritage of the extraterrestrial existence debate could be drawn to this booklet; it does entire in a definite means earlier historic paintings performed via Steven Dick and Michael Crowe via supplying huge parts of unique texts instead of basically brief quotations from them. . . . the entire a number of views, non secular, literary, astronomical, philosophical, appear properly represented. The multidisciplinary element of the talk comes throughout good from the authors selected.” —Marie I. George, St. John’s University
“Extraterrestrials won't have invaded the Earth bodily yet for hundreds of years they've got performed so mentally. in lots of a guise they've got seemed not just in works of fiction but in addition in critical astronomical, philosophical and theological debate. it truly is most unlikely to open Michael Crowe's good-looking and rigorously ready anthology of fundamental resources with no being drawn into eternally interesting disputes in regards to the threat and personality of extraterrestrial lifestyles. Savoring the various twists and turns in controversies that experience prolonged a long way past the confines of renowned astronomy, Professor Crowe has supplied scholars and specialists alike with a beneficiant and necessary source. it really is tricky to withstand his invitation to enquire for ourselves the innumerable, and sometimes impressive, ways that the belief of clever existence on different worlds has formed and been formed through perennial Earthly concerns.” —John Hedley Brooke, Andreas Idreos Professor Emeritus of technological know-how and faith, college of Oxford
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