Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: SETI Past, Present, and Future by H. Paul ShuchSearching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: SETI Past, Present, and Future by H. Paul Shuch

Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: SETI Past, Present, and Future

byH. Paul Shuch

Paperback | February 25, 2013

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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.

Dr. H. Paul Shuch is Executive Director Emeritus of the SETI League, an international educational and scientific non-profit corporation involved in and promoting all aspects of SETI research. He designed and served as principal investigator for the Project Argus all-sky survey, he is Principal Investigator for the Invitation to ETI ini...
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Title:Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: SETI Past, Present, and FutureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:542 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.01 inPublished:February 25, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Dedication.- Foreword: Looking Back.- Preface.- Part I: The Spirit of SETI Past.- 1 A half-century of SETI science.- 2Project Ozma: The birth of observational SETI.- 3Project Cyclops: The greatest radio telescope never built.- 4 "Wow!", A tantalizing candidate.- 5 SETI: The NASA years.- 6 From HRMS to Phoenix: Up from the ashes.- 7 Seeking SERENDIP: The Berkeley SETI Program.- 8 Millions and billions of channels.- Part II: The Spirit of SETI Present.- 9 ATA: A cyclops for the 21st century.- 10 Optical SETI: Moving toward the light.- 11 Distributed processing of SETI data.- 12Project Argus: Pursuing amateur all-sky SETI.- 13 Gravitational lensing extends SETI range.- 14 Detection algorithms: FFT vs. KLT.- 15 Implementing the KLT.- 16 A sentry on the Universe.- 17 Pondering the Fermi Paradox.- Part III: The Spirit of SETI Future.- 18 Focusing the Galactic internet.- 19 SETI in science fiction.- 20 What's past is prologue: Future messages of cosmic evolution.- 21 METI: Messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence.- 22 A contrarian perspective on altruism.- 23 Where the L are we?.- 24 What will they look like?.- 25 Being technological.- 26 After contact, then what? Epilogue Hungarians as Martians: The truth behind the legend.- Afterword Looking forward.- Index.

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From the reviews:"It is fascinating to see how much has changed, and how much hasn't changed, with the arrival of this hefty tome nearly half a century later. . if you have a serious interest in SETI, this book provides the wide, eye-opening overview that other book lack. A must buy." (Keith Cooper, Astronomy Now, June, 2011)"From October 30 to November 3, 1961, a small group of experts from a wide range of disciplines met in an attempt to estimate the number of technological civilizations in the galaxy. This book is a celebration of that meeting, and it is fitting that its 30 articles are written by experts from diverse fields. . the material is accessible to a lay audience, and the writing is generally clear and engaging. . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels." (T. Barker, Choice, Vol. 49 (4), December, 2011)