So far, no compelling evidence for life beyond Earth has been found -- neither pond scum nor thinking beings. But there's a three-way horse race that could change this situation within two decades. In a galaxy sporting a trillion planets, what other sort of habitation might we discover?
Seth Shostak is a Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately fifty papers in professional journals. During more than a decade, he worked at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, in Groningen, The Netherlands, using the Westerbork Radio Synthesis Telescope. He also founded a ran a company producing computer animation for TV.
Seth has written several hundred popular magazine and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. He lectures on astronomy and other subjects at the California Academy of Sciences, and gives approximately 70 talks annually at both educational and corporate institutions. For the last five years, Seth has been a Distinquished Speaker for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics? SETI Permanent Study Group.
Frequently interviewed for radio and TV, Seth has recently been seen and/or heard on Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, History Channel, the BBC, ?Nightline,? ?The O?Reilly Factor,? ?Good Morning America,? ?Larry King Live,? ?Coast to Coast AM,? NPR, CNN News, and National Geographic Television. He is the host of a one-hour weekly radio program on astrobiology entitled ?Are We Alone??
Seth has edited and contributed to a half dozen books. His first popular tome, ?Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life? (Berkeley Hills Books) appeared in March, 1998. In 1999, it was chosen as a Book of the Month Club science selection. He has also co-authored an astrobiology text, ?Life in the Universe? (Addison-Wesley), and his latest is book is ?Cosmic Company? (Cambridge Univ. Press). In 2004, he won the Klumpke-Roberts Prize for the popularization of astronomy