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Webb, Stephen 1963-

Overview
Works: 17 works in 108 publications in 7 languages and 3,612 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Study guides 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QB54, 576.839
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Stephen Webb
If the universe is teeming with aliens ... where is everybody? : fifty solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life by Stephen Webb( Book )

36 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: During a lunchtime conversation at Los Alamos more than 50 years ago, four world-class scientists agreed, given the size and age of the Universe, that advanced extraterrestrial civilizations simply had to exist. The sheer numbers demanded it. But one of the four, the renowned physicist and back-of-the-envelope calculator Enrico Fermi, asked the telling question: If the extraterrestrial life proposition is true, he wondered, "Where is everybody?" In this lively and thought-provoking book, Stephen Webb presents a detailed discussion of the 50 most cogent and intriguing answers to Fermi's famous question, divided into three distinct groups: Aliens are already here among us. Here are answers ranging from Leo Szilard's, that they are already here and we know them as Hungarians, to those who claim that aliens built Stonehenge and the Easter Island statues. Aliens exist, but have not yet communicated. The theories in this camp range widely, from those who believe we simply don't have the technologies to receive or interpret their signals, to those who believe the enormities of space and time work against communication, to those who believe they're actively hiding from us. Aliens do not exist. Here are the doubters' arguments, from the Rare Earth theory to the author's own closely argued and cogently stated skepticism. The proposed solutions run the gamut from the crackpot to the highly serious, but all deserve our consideration. The varieties of arguments -- from first-rate scientists, philosophers and historians, and science fiction authors -- turn out to be astonishing, entertaining, and vigorous intellectual exercises for any reader interested in science and the sheer pleasure of speculative thinking
Out of this world : colliding universes, branes, strings, and other wild ideas of modern physics by Stephen Webb( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although it is now almost unanimously accepted that the cosmos started with the Big Bang, we still have no plausible theory for the forces that set this creative cataclysm into motion." "In Out Of This World, Stephen Webb examines recent theories. After introducing general relativity and quantum mechanics - the twin foundations of twentieth century physics - he explains how they are fundamentally incompatible. Then he introduces us to the seemingly outlandish and bizarre proposals - from almost unbelievably small particles to huge membranes that may envelope our Universe - that physicists have devised to account for this incompatibility, ultimately leading to us to wholly new realms of understanding."--Jacket
New eyes on the universe : twelve cosmic mysteries and the tools we need to solve them by Stephen Webb( )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today's scientists have at their command a wide range of sensitive and powerful instruments, not only those that capture electromagnetic radiation but also 'telescopes' for cosmic rays, neutrinos, gravitational waves, and dark matter. Using the vast amount of observational data produced by this new generation of observatories and telescopes, this book shows how some of the outstanding puzzles inherent in our emerging world view might be solved.--From back cover
Measuring the universe : the cosmological distance ladder by Stephen Webb( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the mathematical reasoning which was used to calculate first the size of the earth, then the solar system, and so on up to the universe
All the wonder that would be : exploring past notions of the future by Stephen Webb( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and German and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has been argued that science fiction (SF) gives a kind of weather forecast - not the telling of a fortune but rather the rough feeling of what the future might be like. The intention in this book is to consider some of these bygone forecasts made by SF and to use this as a prism through which to view current developments in science and technology. In each of the ten main chapters - dealing in turn with antigravity, space travel, aliens, time travel, the nature of reality, invisibility, robots, means of transportation, augmentation of the human body, and, last but not least, mad scientists - common assumptions once made by the SF community about how the future would turn out are compared with our modern understanding of various scientific phenomena and, in some cases, with the industrial scaling of computational and technological breakthroughs. A further intention is to explain how the predictions and expectations of SF were rooted in the scientific orthodoxy of their day, and use this to explore how our scientific understanding of various topics has developed over time, as well as to demonstrate how the ideas popularized in SF subsequently influenced working scientists. Since gaining a BSc in physics from the University of Bristol and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, Stephen Webb has worked in a variety of universities in the UK. He is a regular contributor to the Yearbook of Astronomy series and has published an undergraduate textbook on distance determination in astronomy and cosmology as well as several popular science books
Pure mathematics 1 by Stephen Webb( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pure mathematics 2 by Stephen Webb( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pure mathematics 3 by Stephen Webb( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where is everybody? : fifty solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life by Stephen Webb( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The silent universe : why we are alone by Stephen Webb( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oltre l'apparenza del mondo : introduzione alle audaci congetture della fisica contemporanea by Stephen Webb( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where are they? : if the universe is teeming with aliens-- fifty solutions to Fermi's paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life by Stephen Webb( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gendai butsurigaku ga egaku toppina uchū o meguru 11shō( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kde tedy všichni jsou? : Fermiho paradox a problém mimozemského života by Stephen Webb( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Czech and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kan bu jian de shi jie : Peng zhuang de yu zhou, mo, xian ji qi ta = Out of this world by Stephen Webb( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A level mathematics : mechanics 2 (M2) by Stephen Webb( Book )

2 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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If the universe is teeming with aliens ... where is everybody? : fifty solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life Where is everybody? : fifty solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life Where are they? : if the universe is teeming with aliens-- fifty solutions to Fermi's paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life
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Out of this world : colliding universes, branes, strings, and other wild ideas of modern physicsMeasuring the universe : the cosmological distance ladderPure mathematics 1Pure mathematics 2Pure mathematics 3Where is everybody? : fifty solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial lifeWhere are they? : if the universe is teeming with aliens-- fifty solutions to Fermi's paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life
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Stephen Webb British physicist

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Stephen Webb physicien britannique

웹, 스티븐 1963-

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