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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Astrobiology: The Questions

As a followup to the recent series of 'ten most important questions for astrobiology' (a highly biased, personal and incomplete take on what may matter the most right now in the search for life beyond the confines of the Earth) I thought I'd compile those posts into one easy-to-read-in-the-bathroom file.
This hyperlinked PDF is the result, with thanks to OpenOffice for handling links and curses to Microsoft Mac Office 2011 for vividly demonstrating the struggles a technological civilization must overcome to reach for the stars.

5 comments:

Paul Gilster said...

Excellent idea to gather these in one place. Very useful, Caleb -- thanks indeed!

Caleb Scharf said...

Thanks Paul! Been enjoying your Centauri Dreams posts immensely, espec. the recent ones on New Horizons/Voyager.

7B8 said...

Only a litle remark. To prevent all your struggle with software and to produce hyperlinked typrographically well set documents, please have a look on LaTeX. The learning curve is a bit steep in the beginning but in the end in my opinion, it's the best solution for your sort of problem.

7B8 said...

And sorry, I should have said it first. But I also enjoyed reading your series a lot. Well done!

Caleb Scharf said...

7B8 yes you're absolutely right LaTeX would do the trick and is a marvelous tool (heck, I wrote a textbook in it!). My problem was that Word 2011 on the Mac does not use the Adobe bits and pieces necessary to output PDF with active hyperlinks...which I thought was a pretty astonishing omission. Glad you've enjoyed the posts, thanks!