A rational and enlightening account of the search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.,
This review is from: The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe? (Hardcover)
SETI - the search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - was founded 50 years ago and cosmologist Paul Davies(chairman of the SETI post-detection task group) has written a fascinating book to mark this anniversary. Despite an exhaustive search using state-of-the-art technology, scientists have yet to detect any signal that would indicate any extraterrestrial civilisation. Paul Davies puts forward various reasons for this 'eerie silence', one being that the chances of life emerging in the universe are extremely remote and was a freak occurence on planet Earth.
On the other hand the universe could be teeming with advanced life forms but the vast distances involved make any communication with Earthlings highly unlikely.
Parts of the book verge on the speculative(e.g aliens seeding the Earth with viruses) but on the whole 'The Eerie Silence' is a rational, hard-headed and enlightening account of the possibility of ETI and deserves to be widely read.