Since the 1st Martian “canals” have been charted in 1877, area extraterrestrial beings have captivated sky-gazers, evening tourists, and tv watchers around the world. Polls convey that just about 1/2 all american citizens think in extraterrestrials, and lots of are confident they’ve visited Earth. a good variety of scientists additionally suspect that extraterrestrial beings exist, and for many years they’ve been heavily searching―using strong antennas and desktops to experiment for radio waves coming from different famous person platforms. This attractive memoir finds the genuine tale of the hunt for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and discloses what we may possibly very quickly discover.
Chronicling the program’s heritage with perception and humor, SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak assures us that if there's sentient lifestyles within the universe, we're inside a long time of opting for up its sign. Methodically busting city legends approximately alien crash landings, crop circles, and so on, Shostak pits clinical fact opposed to hypothesis and can provide vital information at the nation of our wisdom. He solutions a number of questions on SETI, together with the place its antennas are aimed…how we all know which frequency to monitor…what our reaction may possibly be…and why, if a sign is detected, “it might be one that’s intentionally beamed into area, no longer the Klingon identical of I Love Lucy.”
Contrary to well known opinion, any extraterrestrial beings stumbled on by means of SETI won't resemble the squishy, big-eyed creatures on cinema monitors. fairly, they're going to have already invented their successors: great clever post-biological pondering machines significantly past our personal capabilities.
Edgy, fun, and remarkably profound, Confessions of an Alien Hunter addresses the startling percentages watching for us in deep area and in humankind’s personal future.