Space, Time, and Aliens

Collected Works on Cosmos and Culture

  • Steven J. Dick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

  4. Part III

  5. Part IV

  6. Part V

  7. Part VI

  8. Part VII

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 737-739
    2. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 741-753

About this book


In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary volume, former NASA Chief Historian Steven Dick reflects on the exploration of space, astrobiology and its implications, cosmic evolution, astronomical institutions, discovering and classifying the cosmos, and the philosophy of astronomy. The unifying theme of the book is the connection between cosmos and culture, or what Carl Sagan many years ago called the “cosmic connection.”

As both an astronomer and historian of science, Dr. Dick has been both a witness to and a participant in many of the astronomical events of the last half century. This collection of papers presents his reflections over the last forty years in a way accessible to historians, philosophers, and scientists alike. From the search for alien life to ongoing space exploration efforts, readers will find this volume full of engaging topics relevant to science, society, and our collective future on planet Earth and beyond.


history of astronomy philosophy of astronomy history of space exploration history of plurality of worlds history of SETI ETL Debate history of NASA Pulkovo Observatory history of time balls Alfred Russel Wallace history of astronomical discoveries

Authors and affiliations

  • Steven J. Dick
    • 1
  1. 1.AshburnUSA

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