This last problem, which occupies the final half of the book, proves to be the most thought-provoking, and McConnell has put together a methodical, nuts-and-bolts walkthrough of both the challenges involved and how binary code might be enlisted to solve them. If you've taken even a single computer-science class in your life, you'll probably skip ahead through explanations of data structures and Boolean arithmetic, but McConnell doesn't want to leave anyone behind in fleshing out his alien-friendly lingua numerica. The book's first half surveys various SETI projects, past and present, and includes generous sections on signal processing, what sort of radio and laser hardware has been mobilized for the search, and how exactly SETI@home works. (So, if nothing else, now you can know how your computer decides if it's talking to aliens while you're off having lunch.) --Paul Hughes
This is not a good book for the average reader as it is very technical and involves math and
electrical information and other difficult studies.
This book might be enjoyable for those who love technical
details, math, formulas, theories of contact with aliens, etc. Read more
This book examines the questions that will need to be resolved at some point in our existence (my opinion). It's good to ask and it's good to get thinking on this. Read morePublished on November 30, 2007 by Fred
This is the kind of book you need to understand the details of SETI, how does it work, what its limitations would be, and what technology is behind. Read morePublished on July 11, 2007 by J.A.
This is a very all-encompassing book about extraterrestrial communication, and goes to considerable length explaining how it would be done through binary language. Read morePublished on June 19, 2007 by ANON
Easy to understand and yet almost exhaustive in it's survey of SETI past, present and future.
This book's presentation is exemplary. Read more