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Emigrating Beyond Earth (Springer Praxis Books)

Emigrating Beyond Earth (Springer Praxis Books) [Kindle Edition]

Cameron Smith , Evan T. Davies

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“A basic premise of this work is that ‘human migration into space will be the continuation of the natural process of evolution.’ … the authors examine the pros and cons of colonization and conclude that it both can and should be attempted. To support their case, they note some potential catastrophes that could lead to the extinction of humans, and believe that space colonization may be necessary for the survival of the human species. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers.” (T. Barker, Choice, Vol. 50 (6), February, 2013)

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Emigrating Beyond Earth puts space colonization into the context of human evolution. Rather than focusing on the technologies and strategies needed to colonize space, the authors examine the human and societal reasons for space colonization. They make space colonization seems like a natural step by demonstrating that if will continue the human species' 4 million-year-old legacy of adaptation to difficult new environments. The authors present many examples from the history of human expansion into new environments, including two amazing tales of human colonization - the prehistoric settlement of the upper Arctic around 5,000 years ago and the colonization of the Pacific islands around 3,000 years ago - which show that space exploration is no more about rockets and robots that Arctic exploration was about boating!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11521 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Springer New York; 1 edition (9 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B230T28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Totally misleading title and cover art. This is an Anthropology textbook. 28 Feb 2013
By Tricia - Published on
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This is an Anthropology textbook. It begins with single celled organisms and goes right up the evolutionary chain from fish to modern man, chapter by chapter. The last section of the book deals with space travel, discussing the adaptations that will be needed to succeed, and the points for and against financing future space endeavors. If you buy this book solely based on the title and cover art you may be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 24 July 2013
By Tina - Published on
Futurist anthropologists Cameron Smith and Evan Davies take us on a voyage through our entire existence. Armed with a full arsenal of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, technology, history and philosophy - they go all out demonstrating beyond doubt that "Emigrating Beyond Earth" is not a choice but a necessity.

In earth exploration the trend is moving away from the elite in favor of the every man. This is true also for space. Smith and Davies put this development in intriguing context. We get to see the future in a new light, derived from the study of evolutionary adaption. The book lays out the case for human space emigration in convincing detail informed by billions of years of evolution. What is life exactly? How did it get here? What has worked out and what has failed? How can we survive?

Writers making science accessible and interesting for the layman are rare finds. Emigrating Beyond Earth manages the task without thinning the subject. Cameron Smith was covered at Explorersweb for innovative design in polar travel and recently by Wired magazine for building his own space suit. Scientist by education, engineer by practice and explorer at heart he belongs to a new generation ready to take destiny into their own hands.

Right up there with Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity Is Near" and alongside useful accounts in the genre such as latest "Makers" by Chris Anderson - the visionary "Emigrating Beyond Earth" is one of the greatest books I've read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization 27 Feb 2014
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Well .. this is what all space researchers and enterpalnatory observors should read and understand before taking any decision or any step further to the space.
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