Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

SETI Past, Present, and Future

  • H. Paul Shuch

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The spirit of SETI Past

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H. Paul Shuch
      Pages 3-11
    3. Jerry R. Ehman
      Pages 47-63
    4. John Billingham
      Pages 65-85
    5. Peter Backus
      Pages 87-98
    6. Stuart Bowyer
      Pages 99-105
    7. Darren Leigh, Paul Horowitz
      Pages 107-127
  3. The spirit of SETI Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Jill Tarter
      Pages 131-145
    3. Monte Ross, Stuart Kingsley
      Pages 147-182
    4. Eric Korpela
      Pages 183-199
    5. H. Paul Shuch
      Pages 201-225
    6. Richard Factor
      Pages 227-237
    7. Claudio Maccone
      Pages 239-273
    8. Stelio Montebugnoli
      Pages 275-284
    9. Robert Dixon
      Pages 285-304
    10. Stephen Webb
      Pages 305-321
  4. The spirit of SETI Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Claudio Maccone
      Pages 325-349
    3. Stephen Baxter
      Pages 351-371
    4. Alexander L. Zaitsev
      Pages 399-428
    5. Seth Shostak
      Pages 451-466
    6. Jack Cohen
      Pages 467-475
    7. Kathryn Denning
      Pages 477-496
    8. Albert A. Harrison
      Pages 497-514
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 515-538

About this book


This book is a collection of essays written by the very scientists and engineers who have led, and continue to lead, the scientific quest known as SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Divided into three parts, the first section, ‘The Spirit of SETI Past’, written by the surviving pioneers of this then emerging discipline, reviews the major projects undertaken during the first 50 years of SETI science and the results of that research.

In the second section, ‘The Spirit of SETI Present’, the present-day science and technology is discussed in detail, providing the technical background to contemporary SETI instruments, experiments, and analytical techniques, including the processing of the received signals to extract potential alien communications.

In the third and final section, ‘The Spirit of SETI Future’, the book looks ahead to the possible directions that SETI will take in the next 50 years, addressing such important topics as interstellar message construction, the risks and assumptions of interstellar communications, when we might make contact, what aliens might look like and what is likely to happen in the aftermath of such a contact.


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  • H. Paul Shuch
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