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  1. New eyes on the universe : twelve cosmic mysteries and the tools we need to solve them

    Webb, Stephen, 1963-
    New York, NY : Springer ; Chichester : Praxis Pub., ©2012.

    Annotation An overview of some of the key issues in modern astronomy and cosmology. It describes the vast amount of observational data that the new generation of observatories and telescopes are producing, and how that data might solve some of the outstanding puzzles inherent in our emerging world view.

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  2. If the universe is teeming with aliens...where is everybody? : fifty solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life

    Webb, Stephen, 1963-
    New York : Copernicus Books in association with Praxis Pub., c2002.

    In a 1950 conversation at Los Alamos, four world-class scientists generally agreed, given the size of the Universe, that advanced extraterrestrial civilizations must be present. But one of the four, Enrico Fermi, asked, "If these civilizations do exist, where is everybody?" Given the fact that there are perhaps 400 million stars in our Galaxy alone, and perhaps 400 million 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. Webb discusses in detail the 50 most cogent and intriguing solutions to Fermi's famous paradox.

  3. Around the world in 80 ways : exploring our planet through maps and data

    Webb, Stephen, 1963-
    Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2023]

    Around the World in 80 Ways offers a (sometimes opinionated) discussion of 80 data-driven maps of our planet. Taken together, the maps tell a story about the physical world; about the impact our species is having on the world; and about how people live in the world or at least how we lived immediately before the emergence of Covid-19. The maps lie. All maps lie. But the origins of the deceptions are explained, the data sources are signposted and referenced, and the readers are shown how to create their own maps using freely available software. The reader is thus armed with the tools needed to explore local, national or world data on topics ranging from science to society; environment to entertainment; wealth to wellbeing a valuable skill in an age when certain politicians are happy to refer to alternative facts and media outlets deliver data visualizations that sometimes mislead as much as inform.

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