Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication
by Douglas A. Vakoch
Publisher: NASA 2014
Number of pages: 330
Addressing a field that has been dominated by astronomers, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists, the contributors to this collection raise questions that may have been overlooked by physical scientists about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence.
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