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Strategies for the Search for Life in the Universe

A Joint Session of Commissions 16, 40, and 44, Held in Montreal, Canada, During the IAU General Assembly, 15 and 16 August, 1979

  • Michael D. Papagiannis

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 83)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages n1-xv
  2. Highlights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Number N of Advanced Civilization in Our Galaxy and the Question of Galactic Colonization

  4. Strategies for SETI Through Radio Waves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. B. Zuckerman, Jill Tarter
      Pages 81-92
    3. Samuel Gulkis, Edward T. Olsen, Jill Tarter
      Pages 93-105
  5. The Search for Planets and Early Life in Other Solar Systems

  6. Manifestations of Advanced Cosmic Civilazations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Anthony R Martin, Alan Bond
      Pages 197-226
    3. Woodruff T. Sullivan III
      Pages 227-239
  7. Conclusions

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 247-258

About this book

Introduction

Leo Goldberg Kitt Peak National Observatory Tucson, Arizona 85726, U. S. A. Of all the reasons for exploring the Universe, none is more com­ pelling than the possibility of discovering intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. Still the quest for extraterrestrial life has been near the bottom of the astronomers' list of priorities, not because the number of extraterrestrial civilizations is conjectured to be van­ ishingly small, but because our powers of detection were thought to be far too weak. About ten years ago, however, the growing reach of ra­ dio telescopes on the ground and of optical and infrared telescopes in space persuaded a number of thoughtful astronomers that the time for a more serious search had arrived. Accordingly, a joint Soviet-American conference on the problems of Communication with Extraterrestrial In­ telligence was convened at the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory of the Armenian Academy of Sciences during September 5-11, 1971 and was soon followed by a number of other important meetings, notably a series of NASA-sponsored workshops in the USA held between January, 1975 and May, 1976. Since SETI is fundamentally an international undertaking and as­ tronomical methods and techniques are required for its pursuit, it is natural for the International Astronomical Union to lend its support by sponsoring conferences and otherwise facilitating cooperation among countries. The active involvement of the I. A. U.

Keywords

galaxies galaxy planet solar system telescope universe

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael D. Papagiannis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyBoston UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-9115-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1226-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9115-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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