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Popular Astronomy

The Search for Extraterrestrials

Intercepting Alien Signals

Authors: Ross, Monte

  • First book that treats electromagnetic frequencies besides RF and Microwave as possibilities for signal sources
  • Considers the whole electromagnetic spectrum for extraterrestrial signals
  • Explains why pulsed lasers are good candidates for extraterrestrial signals
  • Brings the search for signals up-to-date
  • Explains ideas, concepts and approaches clearly without the use of complex maths or physics
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About this book

In The Search for Extraterrestrials, Monte Ross explores in detail the key problems in starting a search, the programs that have failed and those that continue. He includes the fundamental considerations and the physics of the necessary laser, UV, IR and RF technologies, as well as coding and information theory considerations.

The author explores future possibilities providing the reader with a comprehensive view of the many ways signals from aliens could be sent and explains why the search using RF leaves more than 99% of the electromagnetic spectrum unexamined. He also demonstrates the many parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, considering the next likely steps in this unique enterprise. Given man’s intrinsic nature to explore, the search will continue in one form or many, until success is achieved, which may be tomorrow or a millennium away.

In summary, Monte Ross proposes to get around the failure of a fruitless search at radio frequencies by developing, in a precise way, the argument for searching for transmissions in the optical region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Reviews

From the reviews: “Ross begins by reviewing the vast distances involved in a search, such as the density of stars in space and how long it takes light to travel to Earth. … Copious illustrations are very helpful in facilitating an understanding of many of the technical details. Ross has produced a well-organized … book that covers the basics of SETI very well. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers.” (M.-K. Hemenway, Choice, Vol. 47 (10), June, 2010)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-74070-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.95
price for USA
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-387-73453-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Search for Extraterrestrials
Book Subtitle
Intercepting Alien Signals
Authors
Series Title
Popular Astronomy
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-74070-6
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-74070-6
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-73453-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 176
Number of Illustrations and Tables
54 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing
Topics