Making Contact

Making Contact

Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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Jill Tarter is a pioneer, an innovator, an adventurer, and a controversial force. At a time when women weren’t encouraged to do much outside the home, Tarter ventured as far out as she could—into the three-Kelvin cold of deep space. And she hasn’t stopped investigating a subject that takes and takes without giving much back.Today, her computer's screensaver is just the text “SO…ARE WE ALONE?” This question keeps her up at night. In some ways, this is the question that keep us all up at night. We have all spent dark hours wondering about our place in it all, pondering our "aloneness," both terrestrial and cosmic. Tarter’s life and her work are not just a quest to understand life in the universe: they are a quest to understand our lives within the universe. No one has told that story, her story, until now.It all began with gazing into the night sky. All those stars were just distant suns—were any of them someone else's sun? Diving into the science, philosophy, and politics of SETI—searching for extraterrestrial intelligence—Sarah Scoles reveals the fascinating figure at the center of the final frontier of scientific investigation. This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered if we are alone in the universe.
For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered, "Are we alone?" A brilliant examination of the science behind the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and its pioneer, Jill Tarter, the inspiration for the main character in Carl Sagan's Contact.

Baker & Taylor
An examination of the science behind the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and how it has shaped modern understandings about humanity's role in the universe also shares insights into where SETI is today and how it is influenced by political and philosophical dynamics.

Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition
ISBN: 9781681774411
1681774410
Branch Call Number: 001.942 Sco44m
Characteristics: 275 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, some color ; 24 cm

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