Looking for Life in the Universe: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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Investigates how scientists, particularly Jill Tarter, Director of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, use twenty-first century technology to investigate whether life exists on other planets.

Investigates how scientists, particularly Jill Tarter, Director of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, use twenty-first century technology to investigate whether life exists on other planets.

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Investigates how scientists, particularly Jill Tarter, Director of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, use twenty-first century technology to investigate whether life exists on other planets.

Investigates how scientists, particularly Jill Tarter, Director of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, use twenty-first century technology to investigate whether life exists on other planets.

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Children's Literature
This book explores how scientists like Dr. Jill Tarter, the head of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), investigate the universe for other alien life. In the book, the SETI crew looks for other life in space using the largest radio telescope in the world, which is located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. So far, no one, not even Jill Tarter, has found any life in space. But you never know what lies ahead... This book offers excellent information for those doing research or for readers with an interest in extraterrestrial life. This nonfictional, educational text teaches information on telescopes, radio waves, space, planets, and other scientific topics. The photographic illustrations combined with the sketches of unfamiliar space objects help readers to visualize what Jackson discusses in the informative text. Based on the vocabulary, the subject matter, and the smaller print, this book is appropriate for readers 8 years old and up. 2002, Houghton Mifflin Company,
— Daniel Peters
VOYA
This Scientists in the Field series entry follows the work of astrophysicist Jill Tartar. Tartar works for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) and travels twice a year to Puerto Rico to use the world's largest radio telescope to search for signs of extraterrestrial life. The book focuses on Tartar and other SETI scientists at work but also provides background information on Tartar's early life and family and what the future might hold for extraterrestrial research. Several flaws surface in this title. The photographs are dull, with too many of Tartar sitting at a computer or in an office, and the photographs of the radio telescope fail to convey its immense size. The book is well researched, but there is no bibliography and the text is dry. The author tries to liven it up with details about living in Puerto Rico and by giving insights into Tartar's personality and other interests, but these attempts sound forced. For example, before Tartar begins her shift monitoring the telescope, she "puts on a CD of Latin jazz and does a little dance around the room. Jill loves to dance." The glossary seems to omit key words such as pulsar and radio waves. This book will be helpful mostly for reports and classroom use, although the title will attract many teens. Larger public or school libraries might benefit from purchasing this title, but smaller libraries might want to select instead Searching for Alien Life: Is There Anyone Out There? (Twenty-First Century, 1997). Among other series titles are books on a paleontologist searching for bird-dinosaur fossils in Madagascar and a scientist studying snakes in Canada. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Further Reading. VOYACodes: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Houghton Mifflin, 64p,
— David Goodale
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-What is it like to seek life elsewhere in the universe? Astrophysicist Dr. Jill Tarter, Director of the Phoenix Project of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and the woman Carl Sagan based his character Ellie Arroway on in his best-selling novel Contact, does just that. While some of her job involves long hours spent studying the painstakingly detailed output of a radio telescope, her work involves much more. The bulk of the text and the large, dynamic color photographs concentrate on the spectacular radio telescope at Arecibo in Puerto Rico and the work of the scientist and her colleagues at this location. Throughout, Tarter's enthusiasm for her field is clear. There are many books on the current search for life outside Earth, such as Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest's colorful Is Anybody Out There? (DK, 1998) and Kim McDonald's Life in Outer Space (RSVP, 2000). Few focus on the scientists as Jackson does. An exciting, visually awesome look at frontier science.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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An exciting, visually awesome look at frontier science.
School Library Journal, Starred

The newest entry in this terrific series takes readers considerably further into the "field" than any of its predecessors…Readers will come away with a clear sense of the lure of this frustrating but exciting endeavor.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

“The search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program is a fascinating venture, as is readily evident from spending time with SETI’s director, Jill Tarter, in this terrific addition to the first-rate Scientists in the Field series.” Horn Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618548866
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Scientists in the Field Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Jackson is the award-winning author of more than fifty fiction and nonfiction books for children. Like her father, an amateur astronomer, Ellen has been interested in planets, stars, and galaxies since she was a child. She remembers family "star parties," at which neighbors were invited to gaze through her father's telescope at an eclipse of the moon or other astronomical objects.

Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.Visit his website at: www.nicbishop.com

Nic Bishop and author Sy Montgomery won the Sibert Medal in 2011 for their collaborative work on Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot , another Scientist in the Field title.

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