The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Listening for Life in the Cosmos

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Listening for Life in the Cosmos

by Thomas R. McDonough


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Within the infinite universe there exists the infinite possibility that we are not alone. Since 1959, scientists engaged in the SETI effort (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) have been quietly searching the cosmos for evidence of intelligent life—a discovery, that, if made, will be the most dramatic event in human history. And it's getting harder to detect signals from space—the very technology that makes it possible to detect other civilizations is now clogging the skies with radio pollution from ground-based radio transmitters, spy satellites, and communications satellites. In this intriguing behind-the-scenes view of the search for ET, McDonough reveals recent scientific advances and controversies, battles with the government to get various projects funded, and international projects—particularly those of the Soviets. He also provides an entertaining look at Alien in literature and popular culture, as well some exciting speculation for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471846833
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/28/1988
Series: Wiley Science Editions Series , #11
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 1.30(w) x 3.39(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

E.T.: Phone Earth!

Martians and their Friends.

Bug-Eyed Monsters and Little Green Men: In the Beginning.

Planiet Trek: Buck Rogers Seti.

Sputnik and E.T..

Interstellar Postcards.

Little Green Men and Nobel Prizes.

Darth Vader VS.




The Russians are Looking.



Goes to Harvard.

Beam Me Up, Mr.


Are They Here?

Where Have All The E.T.'s Gone?

The Final Frontier.




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