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Unformatted text preview: AST248 TheSearchforLifeintheUniverse James Lattimer lattimer@astro.sunysb.edu Department of Physics & Astronomy 449 ESS Bldg. Stony Brook University Lattimer, AST 248, Lecture 1 p.1/8 C o u r s e C o m p o n e n t s Office Hours: 2:30 3:30 Tu, W, Th, ESS 449 Course URL http://www.astro.sunysb.edu/lattimer/AST248 Required text: "Life in the Universe" by Bennett, Shostak and Jakosky. Various supplemental, non-required, texts: assists with homeworks and term papers Exams: Three major exams, each counting 20%: 23 February, 29 March, 11 May (2:15 PM) Homeworks: Count 20%, 1 per week (except exams). Will drop lowest grade. Late penalty applies. Term Report: Counts 20%. Due March 6. Late penalty applies. Must select specific topic relevant to course, not too general (see syllabus for suggestions). Extra credit term report due April 19 for full credit. Must select a different topic. Prerequisite: One category DEC E course. This course assumes and uses algebra, trigonometry, scientific notation, logarithms, exponentials, powers, etc. Be forewarned about the consequences of plagiarism Lattimer, AST 248, Lecture 1 p.2/8 O v e r v i e w o f S e a r c h f o r I n t e l l i g e n t L i f e 1. Historical Introduction 2. Astronomical Setting: Distances, Masses and Energies 3. Light, Stars and Planets 4. The Universe, Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle 5. Geology and the Earth 6. Life: its Nature, Origin, Evolution, Metabolism, and Heredity 7. Extreme and Other Forms of Life 8. Searching for Life in the Solar System: the Moon, Venus, Mars, the Jovian Satellites, and Titan 9. Searching for Life in the Galaxy: Exoplanets and Habitable Zones 10. SETI and Consequences of Contact 11. Space Travel, the Fermi Paradox, and UFOs Lattimer, AST 248, Lecture 1 p.3/8 A n c i e n t T h i n k i n g Belief in ETI was widespread in ancient Mediterranean world Pythagoras (570500 BC), Democritus (460370 BC), Epicurus (341-270 BC)...
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