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This book is a collection of essays written by the very scientists and engineers who have led, and continue to lead, the scientific quest known as SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Divided into three parts, the first section, ‘The Spirit of SETI Past’, written by the surviving pioneers of this then emerging discipline, reviews the major projects undertaken during the first 50 years of SETI science and the results of that research. In the second section, ‘The Spirit of SETI Present’, the present-day science and technology is discussed in detail, providing the technical background to contemporary SETI instruments, experiments, and analytical techniques, including the processing of the received signals to extract potential alien communications. In the third and final section, ‘The Spirit of SETI Future’, the book looks ahead to the possible directions that SETI will take in the next 50 years, addressing such important topics as interstellar message construction, the risks and assumptions of interstellar communications, when we might make contact, what aliens might look like and what is likely to happen in the aftermath of such a contact.

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Genre: Science
Author: H. Paul Shuch
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2011-02-14
File: 542 Pages
ISBN-13: 3642131964

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Traces the history of human belief in extraterrestrial life, discusses UFOs, interstellar travel, and space exploration, and describes current efforts to find evidence of life elsewhere in the universe

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Genre: Science
Author: Thomas R. McDonough
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
Release: 1987
File: 244 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015008940325

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Publisher description: Searching for signals from other worlds is a great venture of our time. If extraterrestrials are out there, we may be able to find their broadcasts--which would reveal fascinating New Worlds that are home to minds something like our own. Over one hundred searches for 'little green men' have been made over the last 50 years without finding ET. Most searches were modest--often a single professor working part-time, viewing a short list of stars for a few minutes each, and listening on a thin sliver of frequency smaller than one television channel. The sky could be blaring with radio super-stations at places on the radio dial that we've not yet tuned, or flickering with laser flashes that our few optical searches have yet to spot. It's possible that nobody is out there, or that they don't broadcast, or that they are too far away, or that our searches will be fruitless for other reasons. But it's worth searching because finding Others would change our view of things in a big way--and might even bring us goodies including better television programming --

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Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Author: Robert H. Gray
Publisher:
Release: 2011-12-01
File: 242 Pages
ISBN-13: 0983958440

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This book is about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, taking seriously the current scientific arguments and its implications for religion.

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Genre: Nature
Author: David Wilkinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2013-08-01
File: 227 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780199680207

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Author: United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Scientific and Technical Information Office
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Release: 1978
File: Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105024718236

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If the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe is just around the corner, what would be the consequences for religion? Would it represent another major conflict between science and religion, even leading to the death of faith? Some would suggest that the discovery of any suggestion of extraterrestrial life would have a greater impact than even the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions. It is now over 50 years since the first modern scientific papers were published on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). Yet the religious implications of this search and possible discovery have never been systematically addressed in the scientific or theological arena. SETI is now entering its most important era of scientific development. New observation techniques are leading to the discovery of extra-solar planets daily, and the Kepler mission has already collected over 1000 planetary candidates. This deluge of data is transforming the scientific and popular view of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Earth-like planets outside of our solar system can now be identified and searched for signs of life. Now is a crucial time to assess the scientific and theological questions behind this search. This book sets out the scientific arguments undergirding SETI, with particular attention to the uncertainties in arguments and the strength of the data already assembled. It assesses not only the discovery of planets but other areas such as the Fermi paradox, the origin and evolution of intelligent life, and current SETI strategies. In all of this it reflects on how these questions are shaped by history and pop culture and their relationship with religion, especially Christian theology. It is argued that theologians need to take seriously SETI and to examine some central doctrines such as creation, incarnation, revelation, and salvation in the light of the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

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Genre: Science
Author: David Wilkinson
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Release: 2013-08-01
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780191669613

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Genre: Government publications
Author: Philip Morrison
Publisher:
Release: 1977
File: 276 Pages
ISBN-13: UIUC:30112007324145

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Highlights the most recent developments in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and advocates a diverse range of approaches to make SETI increasingly more powerful and effective in the years to come.

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Genre: Science
Author: Douglas A. Vakoch
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release: 2011-04-01
File: 518 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781438437958

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PROCEEDINGS IAU S)1WOSIUM 112 Michael D. Papagiannis Department of Astronomy Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA 1. THE SYMPOSIUM AND THE PROCEEDINGS IAU Symposium 112 - The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Recent Developments, was held in Boston and in particular at the new Science Center of Boston University, June 18-21, 1984, and was attended by about 150 participants from 18 different countries. It was the first official scientific meeting organized by IAti Commission 51, the youngest of all IAU Commissions, which was established only in 1982 at the 18-th IAU General Assembly at Patras, Greece. This Volume of the Proceedings contains nearly 70 papers with about 90 authors from 20 different countries, including two papers from our Soviet colleagues (Kardashev and Slysh) who had not been able to attend our Symposium in Boston. The Volume is divided into eight Sections, the first of which serves as a general introduction, and the other seven correspond to the seven Sessions of the Symposium.

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Genre: Science
Author: M.D. Papagiannis
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2012-12-06
File: 608 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789400954625

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Astronomers around the world are pointing their telescopes toward the heavens, searching for signs of intelligent life. If they make contact with an advanced alien civilization, how will humankind respond? In thinking about first contact, the contributors to this volume present new empirical and theoretical research on the societal dimensions of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Archaeologists and astronomers explore the likelihood that extraterrestrial intelligence exists, using scientific insights to estimate such elusive factors as the longevity of technological societies. Sociologists present the latest findings of novel surveys, tapping into the public's attitudes about life beyond Earth to show how religion and education influence beliefs about extraterrestrials. Scholars from such diverse disciplines as mathematics, chemistry, journalism, and religious studies offer innovative solutions for bridging the cultural gap between human and extraterrestrial civilizations, while recognizing the tremendous challenges of communicating at interstellar distances. At a time when new planets are being discovered around other stars at an unprecedented rate, this collection provides a much needed guide to the human impact of discovering we are not alone in the universe.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Douglas A. Vakoch
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Release: 2011-09-30
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780857452122

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