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E.T. Talk

How Will We Communicate with Intelligent Life on Other Worlds?

Ballesteros, Fernando J.

2010, XIX, 212p. 82 illus., 15 illus. in color.

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  • Presents a thoughtful investigation of theories concerning potential methods of communication with intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations
  • Makes difficult scientific concepts accessible without the use of math or equations
  • Appeals to astronomy buffs who are also interested in zoology, linguistics, and deciphering codes (cryptology)
Although we have done extensive studies of the Solar System and thus far found over 300 extrasolar planets – planets outside our Solar System – we have not yet found life, even primitive life, on any planet other than Earth. Might there be life on some of these newly discovered extrasolar planets? Not likely, as most are gas giants or are too close or too far from their sun. However, of late we are finding more and more Earthlike planets. It is now estimated that about 15 percent of the planets in the galaxy are Earthlike, and many of these will likely orbit their suns at the right distance to support life as we know it. No one knows yet if radio searches or other means of detection will reveal that we are not alone in the universe. But if we do discover intelligent life elsewhere, how will we communicate with it? Are there some “universal” methods of communication we can use? Is music or mathematics a universal language? Are there alien intelligences right here on Earth we can use to help us figure out ways of communicating? The answers may surprise you. All of these issues and more are covered in this exciting, readable, and authoritative book on a subject that is not mere idle speculation anymore. We are certainly getting closer to finding out who, if anybody, is out there. This book will not only inform you about the search and the likelihood of finding life, it will also actually teach you how to talk to aliens!

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Alien language - Animal Languages - Astrobiology - Communication with aliens - Cryptology Codes - Drake's equation - Extraterrestrial Intelligence - SETI - Search for Aliens - Theoretical Language - mathematics

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Linguistics - Mechanical Engineering - Popular Astronomy - Popular Science

Table of contents 

With Whom? Finding Life In The Universe.- A Place for Life.- The Miracle of Life.- Life in the Solar System?.- With What? The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence.- The Search Starts.- Where to Look.- Searching Strategies.- How? The Language Of Communication.- Different Languages.- Different World Views.- How Do We Know If There’s a Message?.- Searching for a Common Language.- Is Anybody Out There?.

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