The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and Why It Will Fail
For 40 or so years we humans have been searching for electromagnetic -- primarily radio -- signals from technological species in our Milky Way Galaxy. Following a brief review of some of these searches, I will describe reasons why I believe they will not be successful any time soon, if at all.
Ben Zuckerman is a Professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA.
He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and Harvard. His
major scientific interests have been the birth and death of stars and
planetary systems. He has maintained a continuing interest in the
question of the prevalence of life, especially intelligent life, in the
Universe and since the mid-1970s regularly taught a course on "Life in the
Universe". He also developed and taught a UCLA Honors course entitled
"The 21st Century: Society, Environment, Ethics". He has co-edited six
books including, "Extraterrestrials, Where Are They?" Cambridge University
Press 1995, "The Origin and Evolution of the Universe" Jones & Bartlett
1996, and "Human Population and the Environmental Crisis" Jones & Bartlett
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