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Of all the scientific efforts to find life in space, none has potential consequences as profound as SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. SETI researchers are trying to uncover other civilizations whose technical sophistication is at a human level or higher.

While science fiction routinely describes face-to-face encounters with intelligent aliens, it may be that we will never actually meet extraterrestrials. Building fast rockets capable of carrying living cargo to the stars is a formidable, perhaps even impossible, challenge. The amount of energy required to hurl a craft the size of the space shuttle at even half the speed of light is enormous—equivalent to the energy required to keep New York City running for 10,000 years.* This is a problem of physics, not technology.

On the other hand, there are ways to reach other civilizations without interstellar travel. In 1959 Philip Morrison and Giuseppe Cocconi, two physicists at...

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