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The Search For Our Cosmic Ancestry

Author : Chandra Wickramasinghe
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The idea that life is a cosmic, rather than a purely terrestrial phenomenon, has progressed from scientific heresy to mainstream science within the short timespan of a few decades. The theory of cometary panspermia developed by Fred Hoyle and the present author in the 1970's has been vindicated by a spate of new discoveries in astronomy and biology, and also with startling new evidence of microbial fossils in meteorites and micrometeorites. The recent Kepler Telescope searches for exoplanets have indicated the presence of over 100 billion habitable planets separated by only a few light years, thus making panspermia and the transfer of microbial life between such planets an inevitable fact. The book presents a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the Hoyle-Wickramasinghe theory of cometary panspermia in a manner accessible to a wide general readership.

The Search For Our Cosmic Ancestry

Author : Chandra Wickramasinghe
ISBN : 9789814616997
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The idea that life is a cosmic, rather than a purely terrestrial phenomenon, has progressed from scientific heresy to mainstream science within the short timespan of a few decades. The theory of cometary panspermia developed by Fred Hoyle and the present author in the 1970's has been vindicated by a spate of new discoveries in astronomy and biology, and also with startling new evidence of microbial fossils in meteorites and micrometeorites. The recent Kepler Telescope searches for exoplanets have indicated the presence of over 100 billion habitable planets separated by only a few light years, thus making panspermia and the transfer of microbial life between such planets an inevitable fact. The book presents a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the Hoyle–Wickramasinghe theory of cometary panspermia in a manner accessible to a wide general readership. Contents:The Genesis of PanspermiaThe Primordial Soup and EvolutionCosmological ContextFrom Dust to LifeCometsCosmic Viruses in Our GenesEvidence from EpidemicsMicroorganisms Entering the EarthPlanets of Life in the Solar SystemSearch for ExoplanetsSearch for Extraterrestrial IntelligenceMeteorite CluesComet Impacts and CivilisationThe Mystery of the Red Rain Readership: General public. Key Features:The recent estimate of some 140 billion habitable planets around red dwarf stars in the galaxy makes panspermia inevitable, so a reassessment of panspermia theories is timelyThe book is written by one of the foremost pioneers of the theory of cometary panspermia and is thus of interest to scientists across many fields, as well as to historians of scienceThe intended readership of the book ranges from science buffs to the general public with a general interest in scienceKeywords:Panspermia;Astrobiology;Comets;Origin of Life;Extraterrestrial LifeReviews: “The author is today's foremost expert on panspermia, having inherited that mantle from the iconic astronomer of the 20th century Sir Fred Hoyle who, with Wickramasinghe as his pupil, strongly re-introduced the subject in the early 1970's. He makes a compelling case for panspermia conveying a cosmic imperative for biology.” Gilbert V Levin Principal Investigator of NASA's Mars Viking Mission of 1976 Discoverer of evidence for Microbial Life on Mars Arizona State University “The book is accessible to those interested in an appreciation of a central question that spans all ages, and scientists and science students, who are seeking coverage of this pioneering subject matter. The historical approach to the subject will be appreciated by readers. The book will take you on an intellectual trek and can transform how you think about humans and the universe. Hopefully it will encourage the next generation of scholars to continue seeking an understanding of the origin of life, one of the most profound challenges for humanity.” Professor J T Trevors University of Guelph, Canada

Our Cosmic Ancestry In The Stars

Author : Chandra Wickramasinghe, Ph.D.
ISBN : 9781591433293
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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An exploration of how acceptance of panspermia will soon change history • Offers extensive scientific proof of panspermia--that life arose on Earth via comets and that evolution is seeded by viruses arriving via comets and interstellar dust • Explores the major philosophical, psychological, cultural, religious, and environmental ramifications of the acceptance of this new scientific worldview Mainstream consensus is that life arose on Earth spontaneously out of “primordial soup.” Yet this theory, as well as the Darwinian “survival of the fittest” concept as it relates to major steps in evolution, has no scientific basis or proof. Where, then, did life come from? As the authors show, with conclusive scientific evidence, life came from space--a concept known as “panspermia.” We humans, and all other life on Earth, evolved over millennia in response to viruses that arrived via comets, and we continue to do so. Exploring the philosophical, psychological, cultural, and environmental ramifications of the acceptance of panspermia, the authors show how the shift will be on par with the Copernican Revolution--when it was finally accepted that the Earth was not the center of the Universe. Explaining the origins of the panspermia theory in the work of the late Sir Fred Hoyle, the authors reveal the vast body of evidence that has accumulated over the past 4 decades in favor of the cosmic origins of life, including viral inserts found in DNA that have shaped our human genome over millions of years. They show how the tiniest of viruses, microscopic animals (tardigrades), and even seeds have been found to be natural cosmonauts. The authors also show how space-borne viruses play a crucial role in the positive evolution of life and that our entire existence on this planet is contingent on the continuing ingress of cosmic viruses. Revealing how panspermia offers answers to some of humanity’s longstanding questions about the origins of life, the authors discuss the impact this shift in understanding will have on our relationship with the Earth and on culture, history, and religion. And perhaps the most dramatic ramification of all is that acceptance of panspermia means acceptance that Earth is not unique--that other life-filled planets exist and intelligent life is common in the Universe. Not only did we come from space, but we are not alone.

Proofs That Life Is Cosmic Acceptance Of A New Paradigm

Author : Wickramasinghe Nalin Chandra
ISBN : 9789813233126
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This is a revisit of a radical theory of cometary panspermia and cosmic life that was first proposed by Chandra Wickramasinghe and the late Sir Fred Hoyle in 1982. In its earliest form the theory of cosmic life started off as a speculation in 1974 after the first discovery of complex organic molecules and polymeric dust in interstellar space. The speculation soon developed into a serious scientific theory, predictions of which were available to be verified or falsified. Over four decades there have been a multitude of tests and predictions of the theory being positive in vindicating the proposition of life as a cosmic rather than a purely terrestrial phenomenon. A paradigm shift of enormous magnitude and significance is to be expected. The ideas and theories described in this book would have a far-reaching influence affecting the future development of diverse branches of science. Contents: IntroductionProofs that Life is Cosmic (December 1982)Atmosphere (Terrestrial)Bacteria and Other MicroorganismsCometsDiseasesEvolution (Biological)Interstellar GrainsMeteoritesOrigin of LifePlanets Readership: Students and researchers in astronomy and biology. Keywords: Origin of Life;Comets;Panspermia;Evolution;Interstellar Dust;MeteoritesReview:0

Cosmic Womb

Author : Chandra Wickramasinghe, Ph.D.
ISBN : 9781591433088
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Compelling evidence that life, intelligence, and evolution on Earth were seeded by comets and cosmic intelligence • Explains how life first came from interstellar dust and comets and how later arrivals of cosmic dust and comets spurred evolution • Explores the possibility that universal knowledge may be stored in human DNA and how ancient cultures may have known a way to retrieve this knowledge • Reveals new discoveries about the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Giza All ancient cultures link humanity’s origins to the heavens. The Egyptians, for example, were adamant that their ancestors came from the stars of Orion and Sirius. Today, however, religion and science assert that life arose spontaneously here on Earth. Did the ancients know our true cosmic origins? Have they left us clues? Expanding on the panspermia theory developed with the celebrated astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle--namely that the building blocks of life were imported to Earth by comets in the distant past--Chandra Wickramasinghe and Robert Bauval explore the latest findings in support of a cosmic origin for humanity. They detail the astrobiological discoveries of organic molecules deep in space, how microbes are incredibly resistant to the harshest conditions of space--enabling the transfer of genes from one star system to another, and the recent recovery of microorganisms from comets still in space. They argue that the universe was “born” and preset with the blueprint of life and that the cosmos must be teeming with lifeforms far older and perhaps far more developed than us. They show how life arrived on our planet in the form of interstellar dust containing alien bacteria approximately 3.8 billion years ago and how later comets, meteoroids, and asteroids brought new bacterial and viral genetic material, which was vital for evolution. Using the latest advances in physics, cosmology, and neuroscience, the authors explore how universal knowledge may be stored in human DNA and cells, and they postulate that ancient cultures, such as the pyramid builders of Egypt and the temple builders of India, may have known a way to retrieve this knowledge. Sharing new discoveries from experienced architects, engineers, and mathematicians, they show how the Great Pyramid is a three-dimensional mathematical equation in stone, bearing a potent message for humanity across time and space about who we are and where we come from.

Vindication Of Cosmic Biology

Author : Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe
ISBN : 9789814675277
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In the year 2015, 100 years after Fred Hoyle was born, the ideas relating to the cosmic origins of life are slowly gaining credence in scientific circles. Once regarded as outrageous heresy, evidence from a variety of disciplines — astronomy, geology, biology — is converging to support these once heretical ideas. This volume opens with recent review articles pointing incontrovertibly towards our cosmic heritage, followed by a collection of published articles tracing the development of the theory throughout the years. The discovery that microorganisms — bacteria and viruses — are incredibly resistant to the harshest conditions of space, along with the detection of an estimated 144 billion habitable planets around other star systems in our galaxy alone, makes it virtually impossible to maintain that life on one planet will not interact with life elsewhere. The emerging position is that life arose exceedingly rarely, possibly only once, in the history of the cosmos, but its subsequent spread was unstoppable. "Panspermiology" can no longer be described as an eccentric doctrine, but rather is the only doctrine supported by an overwhelming body of evidence. Fred Hoyle's work in this area may in the fullness of time come to be regarded as his most important scientific contribution. Contents:Recent ReviewsPapers from 2000–2014Papers from 1990–2000Papers from 1980–1990Papers from 1970–1980Prospects for the Future Readership: University students, researchers and historian of science interested in astrobiology or the work of Sir Fred Hoyle. Key Features:Compiled by the foremost proponent of the theory of panspermiaTraces the history of development of the idea of cometary panspermia from the time of its first proposal in 1979 to the present timeKeywords:Cosmic Theory of Life;Origin of Life;Fred Hoyle;Panspermia;Comets;Interstellar Dust;Evolution

A Journey With Fred Hoyle

Author : Chandra Wickramasinghe
ISBN : 9789814436137
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is the story of the author''s unique scientific journey with one of the most remarkable men of 20th century science. The journey begins in Sri Lanka, the author''s native country, with his childhood acquaintance with Fred Hoyle''s writings. The action then moves to Cambridge, where the famous HoyleOCoWickramasinghe collaborations begin. A research programme which was started in 1962 on the carbonaceous nature of interstellar dust leads, over the next two decades, to developments that are continued in both Cambridge and Cardiff. These developments prompt Hoyle and the author to postulate the organic theory of cosmic dust (which is now generally accepted), and then to challenge one of the most cherished paradigms of contemporary science OCo the theory that life originated on Earth in a warm primordial soup.This new edition examines the many scientific developments that have transpired since the first edition was published. The discovery of bacteria in the upper reaches of the atmosphere, biological signatures in meteorites, spectroscopy of high-z galaxies and more all mesh with many of the ideas that had their origin in the first edition. Pushing into the future, the updated text examines the many experiments and probes currently operating or planned that will shed more light on the theory of planetary panspermia. A Journey with Fred Hoyle is an intriguing book that delineates the progress of a collaboration spanning 40 years, through a sequence of personal reflections, anecdotes and reminiscences.

Earth Life And The Universe

Author : Keith Peter Tritton
ISBN : STANFORD:36105111398611
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This is a well illustrated book intended for the general reader and deals with the age old question of whether life exists anywhere else in the Universe, that is apart from on Earth. Until recently any attempt to answer such a question would have to be mostly speculation but international space agencies are providing new information on a regular basis. The writer examines all the latest data and discusses the subject from what we know about the evolution of life on earth. He then uses his extensive knowledge of astronomy in an effort to determine if there are similar environments elsewhere in the Universe. Recurrent themes throughout the book are life, the Universe and the interactions between the two. The twentieth century was the century in which our understanding of the Universe changed out of all recognition and the new millennium will bring equally phenomenal changes in human knowledge. This book will be of material assistance in enabling the general reader to more fully comprehend the solutions to the many unanswered questions. You will discover the true nature of the stars and the colossal scale of the Universe as well as be enthralled as the evidence of its origin becomes revealed.

Our Cosmic Journey

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Cosmic Conversations

Author : Stephan Martin
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124141164
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