In 1960 a young American astronomer, Frank Drake, turned a radio telescope toward the star Tau Ceti and listened for several hours to see if he could detect any artificial radio signals. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), an amalgam of science, technology, adventure and curiosity, has detected only the eerie sound of silence after millions of hours of cosmos eavesdropping.
In his new book, The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?, Professor Paul Davies, Director of BEYOND: Centre for Fundamental Concepts in Science, asks: “Is ET out there, but not sending any messages our way? Is SETI a waste of time and money, or should we press ahead with new and more sensitive antennas? And if a signal were to be received, what then? How would we — or even should we — respond?”
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Is there anybody out there? What would you say if you could send a message into space? Would you say hello, ask the meaning of life, share an insight or just complain about the weather?
Penguin UK together with National Science and Engineering Week are creating a rare opportunity to beam up to 5000 messages into space to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SETI, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, which is the subect of Paul Davies’ new book, The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe? Seize this chance. Get your thinking cap on, make your message funny, thoughtful or wise and do something extraordinary.
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Paul Davies has achieved an international reputation for his ability to explain the significance of advanced scientific ideas in simple language. He is the author of 20 books and has written and presented a number of TV and radio programmes. He has also won the prestigious Templeton Prize, the world’s largest award for intellectual endeavour, and a Glaxo Science Writers’ Fellowship. He is currently Professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science.
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