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Collection of writings on the first Search for Extraterrestrial Life  
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Title:
Group of Articles on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life by Radio Astronomy

Author:
Drake, Frank; Carl Sagan, et al

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Date:
1959-1982

Description:

9 full issues. Includes;

  • Drake, Frank. “How can we detect radio transmissions from distant planetary systems?” Sky and Telescope, January 1960. Original printed wrappers.
  • Lear, William. “The Search for Intelligence Life on Other Planets.”  Saturday Review, January 2, 1960.
  • Sagan, Carl and Frank Drake. “The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.” Scientific American, May 1975.
  • 4 issues. “The First Magazine about the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence” [later “The search for Intelligent Life Beyond the Earth”]. Cosmic Search. Delaware, Ohio: 1979-1982. Illustrated. Original pictorial wrappers, 

             Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1979. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Cocconi and Morrison’s paper in Nature.

             Vol. 2, No. 3, July-Sept. 1980. Includes Frank Drake’s “Speculation on the Influence of Biological Immortality on SETI.” 

             Vol. 3, No. 2, Spring 1981. Includes an article by Frank Drake. 

             Vol. 4, No. 1, 1982. Last issue with an article by Drake.

  • Roberts, William L. “Signals Through Space.” Scientific Monthly, September 1954,
  • Drake, Frank. “Radio Astronomy Receivers – I.” Sky and Telescope, November 1959 (some wear and soiling).

A collection of scarce imprints on the first scientific attempts to contact extraterrestrial civilizations by radio astronomy. While the idea was first proposed by Cocconi and Morrison in September 1959, it was radio astronomer Frank Drake who announced “Project Ozma” (named L. Frank Baum's queen in the land of Oz --  "very far away, difficult to reach, and populated by strange and exotic beings"), humanity’s first attempt to detect interstellar radio transmissions.

Shortly after his first article, Drake proposed his "Equation" about the probability of the existence of alien life. In 1975, SETI (Search for Extraterrestial Intelligence) was still a somewhat quixotic pursuit when Sagan and Drake co-authored their argument for continuing the search. Four years later, the first serious SETI periodical appeared briefly, marking the 20th anniversary of the Cocconi-Morrison essay as well as Drake’s memory of launching Ozma.

The last two items in this group, were earlier pre-SETI introductions to Radio Astronomy, one which noted that while “it was felt that if the other planets were inhabited by people possessing a technology equal or superior to our own…we could establish telegraphic or telephonic intercourse with them…such dreams have not yet materialized…”


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Condition:
The last item with wear and soiling; others with light wear; address label on rear wrapper of first issue; overall very good.


 
Item number:
319551
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