The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, SETI
by Philip Morrison, John Billingham, John Wolfe
Publisher: NASA 1979
Number of pages: 293
Since the beginning of civilization, people have wondered if we are alone in the universe or whether there is intelligent life somewhere else. In the late twentieth century, scientists converged upon the basic idea of scanning the sky and 'listening' for non-random patterns of electromagnetic emissions such as radio or television waves in order to detect another possible civilization somewhere else in the universe.
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