For a long time I have been giving scientific lectures in different countries and on diverse topics, generally related to astronomy and to my work at the Arecibo Observatory. No matter which parti- lar topic I am talking about, the same question always comes up: Have we had any contact at Arecibo with "them"? My negative answer does not satisfy anyone. In fact, the answer either confirms their suspicions that there is a conspiracy afoot by higher autho- ties not to release information or their intentions to deceive the general public. The reasons for the deception have to do with the idea that, as in the movie Contact, the received messages contain important and useful information that will bring great advantage to whoever gets it. Many of us want to believe that extraterrestrial creatures can talk to us, that perhaps they are even living among us, as UFO fans believe. It would be fascinating if it were true, a more than extra- dinary discovery, the answer to an eternal question. There is p- sibly a deep psychological motive in this desire to know if we are alone in this huge universe, and the need to believe in something beyond our limited world, in space and time. There is no doubt, then, that this topic brings with it many scientific and philosophical discussions, as well as speculations that, on many occasions, fall into pure pseudoscience because of the lack of a reference framework.
From the reviews:
"E.T. Talk, the latest book ... look like a computer studies guide, but its contents are well researched. ... a wide range of disciplines are covered, from geology, biology to statistics and technology. A highly readable book for anyone interested in the debate about alien intelligence." (Kulvinder Singh Chadha, Sky at Night Magazine, January, 2011)
"Ballesteros (Univ. of Valencia, Spain) is an astrophysicist and a long-time science popularizer. This book is a clear translation of the original Spanish version, which received the European 'Estudi General' award for popular science. ... book is useful because of its unusual insight into the nature of language and the challenges that would have to be met in attempting to communicate with an extraterrestrial civilization. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers." (T. Barker, Choice, Vol. 48 (9), May, 2011)
"The most interesting and informative book ... covers the key aspects of the subject in three parts. ... This forms the main thrust of the book and makes fascinating reading. ... it does lead on to a truly excellent analysis of language and its form and structure that I found really illuminating. ... this book will give its readers an up-to-date and insightful study of the many aspects of the subject. I recommend it highly." (Ian Morison, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1224), October, 2011)
Foreword.- Preface.- Part I: With Whom? Finding Life in the Universe.- Chapter 1: A Place for Life.- Chapter 2: The Miracle of Life.- Chapter 3: Life in the Solar System?.- Part II: With What?: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.- Chapter 4: The Search Starts.- Chapter 5: Where to Look.- Chapter 6: The Searching Strategies.- Part III: How?: The Language of Communication.- Chapter 7: Different Languages.- Chapter 8: Different World Views.- Chapter 9: How Do We Know If There's a Message?.- Chapter 10: Searching for a Common Language.- Chapter 11: Is Anybody Out There?.- Appendix A.- Appendix B.- Appendix C.- Appendix D.- Index
Series: Astronomers' Universe
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 19th August 2010
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.33