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The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence
 
 
Author
Paul Davies.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780547133249
Pages/Publication Date 242/2010
Daedalus Item Code 12665
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If aliens ever contact us, it will be perhaps the single most significant event in human history, and Paul Davies will be responsible for saying something back. For half a century, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence has been scanning space for signs of alien intelligences, and here Davies, head of SETI's Post Detection Task Group, explores what the mysterious silence it has so far encountered could mean. With "a rare talent for making physics mind-bogglingly vivid and exciting" (Times Higher Education), he looks at promising new ways to make contact with extraterrestrial life, considers what form alien intelligence is likely to take if it exists, and what exactly it would mean if it didn't.

"In what has become known as Fermi's Paradox, the great nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi once asked, if there are aliens out there, where is everybody? After 50 years of looking, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project has likewise failed to find anybody. Cosmologist Davies (The Mind of God), winner of the 1995 Templeton Prize, believes that SETI's search for narrow-band radio signals from planets around other stars needs to be broadened to look for other possible signs of life. Aliens may be using far more advanced technology than radio to signal the cosmos, such as manipulating pulsars to act as beacons or even neutrino signaling. Davies also puts forth the possibility that alien probes may be silently trolling the solar system. The author surveys popular topics in science fiction such as Dyson spheres, time travel, and wormholes, and decides that they're not feasible under physics as we understand it. He concludes with a far-ranging look at what might happen here on Earth when we make first contact."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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