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Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

George Basalla


This book records the long scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). Although philosophical speculation about alien civilizations dates to antiquity, the invention of the telescope in the 17th century inspired scientists like Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, René Descartes, and Christiaan Huygens to consider the possibility of intelligent creatures living on the Moon or on the planets of our solar system. By the late 19th century, Mars became the focus of attention for astronomers searching for civilized life near the earth. The belief that Mars contained a superior civiliza ... More

Keywords: anthropomorphism, extraterrestrial civilization, Frank Drake, Johannes Kepler, Percival Lowell, Mars, religious, Carl Sagan, SETI, telescope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195171815
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Basalla, author
University of Delaware (Emeritus)