About the Book
The Truth is In Here...
Are you fascinated by the prospects of finding life beyond Earth? Do you wonder what it will mean, if and when we make contact with alien beings? Do you believe we may have already been visited by aliens in UFOs? Do you want to know what the search for alien life can tell us about issues of science and religion, global warming, and the future of the human race?
If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are sure to enjoy Beyond UFOs. In this critically acclaimed book, author Jeffrey Bennett begins by discussing the nature of science and why it cannot say much about reports of UFOs, a fact that he uses to argue that we must take our discussions "beyond UFOs" if we really want to know whether other intelligent beings share the universe with us. He then leads readers on a whirlwind tour of the modern science of astrobiology, which deals with the search for life beyond Earth, discussing such topics as the origin of life on Earth, the search for life on Mars and other planets of our solar system, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). Most important, he shows that these scientific issues have profound implications to our own civilization. In the book's final chapter, he explains why it is quite reasonable to imagine that we are surrounded by an incredibly advanced galactic civilization, which we may someday be able to join.
About the Author
Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. in biophysics (UC San Diego, 1981) and a Ph.D. in astrophysics (U. Colorado, 1987). He has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school, and may well be the only person to have written leading college textbooks in four distinct subjects: astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics. He is also author of On the Cosmic Horizon and Math For Life (Fall 2011), and of the award-winning children's books Max Goes to the Moon, Max Goes to Mars, Max Goes to Jupiter, and The Wizard Who Saved the World. Through his "Max Goes to Schools" science literacy program, he has donated his children's books to more than 10,000 public elementary schools.
Among his other major endeavors, Dr. Bennett served two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA headquarters, where he created numerous educational programs for the Hubble Space Telescope and other space science missions. He also proposed the idea for and helped develop both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System (on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus) and the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Bennett currently works full-time as a writer and speaker. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Lisa, their children, Grant and Brooke, and their dog, Cosmo.