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Computer Simulations of Space Societies


Part of the Space and Society book series (SPSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. William Sims Bainbridge
    Pages 1-28
  3. William Sims Bainbridge
    Pages 29-54
  4. William Sims Bainbridge
    Pages 55-81
  5. William Sims Bainbridge
    Pages 83-111
  6. William Sims Bainbridge
    Pages 113-139
  7. William Sims Bainbridge
    Pages 141-167
  8. William Sims Bainbridge
    Pages 169-194
  9. William Sims Bainbridge
    Pages 195-221
  10. William Sims Bainbridge
    Pages 223-249
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 251-254

About this book


At the intersection of astronautics, computer science, and social science, this book introduces the challenges and insights associated with computer simulation of human society in outer space, and of the dynamics of terrestrial enthusiasm for space exploration. Never before have so many dynamic representations of space-related social systems existed, some deeply analyzing the logical implications of social-scientific theories, and others open for experience by the general public as computer-generated virtual worlds. Fascinating software ranges from multi-agent artificial intelligence models of civilization, to space-oriented massively multiplayer online games, to educational programs suitable for schools or even for the world's space exploration agencies. At the present time, physical spaceflight endures a problematic intermission, when computer simulations of space societies are an excellent way to prepare for a renaissance of exploration beyond the bounds of Earth.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ArlingtonUSA

About the authors

William Sims Bainbridge is an experienced researcher on the history and sociology of space development and a leader in developing new computational methods of questionnaire administration and analysis, as well as a writer who knows how to communicate clearly to readers interested in spaceflight or science and technology more broadly. The author holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. 

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