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Mathematical SETI

Part of the series Springer Praxis Books pp 335-347

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  • Claudio MacconeAffiliated withInternational Academy of Astronautics and Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica Email author 

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Abstract

The gravitational focusing effect of the Sun is one of the most amazing discoveries produced by the general theory of relativity. The first paper in this field was published by Albert Einstein in 1936 [1], but his work was virtually forgotten until 1964, when Sydney Liebes of Stanford University [2] gave the mathematical theory of gravitational focusing by a galaxy located between the Earth and a very distant cosmological object, such as a quasar.