• If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens...Where Is Everybody? Second Edition

  • Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
  • By: Stephen Webb
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Given the fact that there are perhaps 400 billion stars in our galaxy alone and perhaps 400 billion galaxies in the universe, it stands to reason that somewhere out there, in the 14-billion-year-old cosmos, there is or once was a civilization at least as advanced as our own. The sheer enormity of the numbers almost demands that we accept the truth of this hypothesis. Why, then, have we encountered no evidence, no messages, no artifacts of these extraterrestrials? 

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A veritable tour de force

Like an experienced author responding to reviewers of a scientific article submitted to a high end journal, Stephen Webb analyses and weighs, on a point by point basis, all the arguments you have ever heard regarding the Fermi paradox, plus those you haven't heard and those you wouldn't have dreamt of. A real Tour de Force on question of the Fermi paradox, expertly, conducively and clearly put forth in over seventy scenarios. Even the simpler, most popular solutions to the paradox are not what they might seem prima facie. The arguments and calculations involved in dissecting each scenario are clearly explained and make total sense to the reader (listener?) within each chapter. The style is thorough, very open minded, scientifically very rigorous, yet humble and I gained much pleasure from learning so much from this book. The narration was competent, although the occasional term is mispronounced, yet that does not detract from the narrative or the science. I just found it a bit weird that a narrator with a general American accent was chosen for UK English prose, especially because some bits of the text in the first person recount the author's very British experiences. Still, a very nice listen.

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Well Done!

I recommend this book primarily for those, like myself who already have an interest in the topic. Not a stone left unturned.

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Audio bad

Whistling is so bad in spots you have to turn it down. Great book tho

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Wish to have more such titles from the author

Quite substantiated. The contents covered offer more than its illusory title.
Was tired of listening to black holes, parallel universes, hyperspace, quarks, gluons, Higgs particle......until I hit the hardcover version of this title in library. Although the subject contents in each chapter point directly towards the title, each chapter covers a variety of scientific concepts, know-hows, with arguments, and derivation from simple scientific principles. So it feels like getting deviated from the storyline although with a continuous derived conceptual touch on subject matters which are simply covered ad-hoc in other bestsellers.
From another perspective, other bestsellers on astronomy, particle physics, string theory related titles only confine themselves to abstract notions, without providing information from other related Physics domains.
Stephen Webb's solid attempt to cover essential scientific subjects and extend these to a higher level of thinking/understanding for a layman, simply demands more of such titles from this author.

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Good Listen

I love the subject matter and the technical side of things (some of which goes over my head) and the author puts things in a way where even those things that go over my head are at least something I can research or look at on my own. A really amazing topic explored in a thorough way.

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best science book all year for me!


Thi book Was Written very clear, with some humorous conjecture, succinct and exciting, animated presentation!

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  • rilenka
  • 06-16-21

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I listened to the whole book, the mathematics proving beyond me and causing me to ask who was the intended listener/reader? If you understood the maths you probably already worked in Astronomy, Physics and already had a view and if not , the maths wouldn’t prove anything. At the end we are given to understand that this small planet located on an arm of the Milky Way has produced the only intelligent life due mainly as I understand it due to having speech, being self aware and the right size moon, the Goldilocks syndrome.
I would have thought speech to be a primitive ability and would have been superseded by mental interactions in more advanced civilisations. I feel I could just have read the sentence “I don’t believe in aliens” which could have spared me a long ramble full of statistics. Isn’t there a well-know saying “lies, damned lies and statistics. I have an open mind, I fear Mr Webb has a closed one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-21

Why hasn't E.T phoned us? Here's 75 reasons.

Fascinating from start to finish. A brilliantly detailed study into science's biggest question. Every chapter examines a different angle and explores each given reason that has been offered in our attempts to explain Fermi's paradox. Anybody with even a passing interest in the possibility of alien life will thoroughly enjoy this. It obviously goes quite deeply into science and mathematics at times, but it's all explained simply enough that mere mortals like me could still understand the points being made. The narrator does an excellent job too. Highly recommended.

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  • Lee
  • 10-14-21

Useless

There's nothing very insightful in here that you couldn't think of yourself in a few minutes of contemplation. The claimed long list of possible explanations is mostly a short list with small variations which arguably are not even worthy of being called a variation. Not worth your time (or money).

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  • MATTHEW FOSTER
  • 07-21-21

nice book with good science

i really like this authors use of science to back up his points, very interesting indeed.

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  • FLORIN B.
  • 06-17-21

A great book.

I have found this book very informative on ET Life. I just happened to agree with the author that we may be the only technologically capable life form in the universe. Though life may be abundant in the universe, we are the only ones who ask the question, “Where is everybody?”