And in Green Bank, West Virginia at the new National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a young astrophysicist named
Frank Drake runs a two week project called Ozma, to search for extraterrestrial signals. A signal is received, to great excitement. It turns out to be false, but the excitement remains.
Frank Drake is a neighbor of mine. Very fine man. He's taken up square dancing of late.
posted on 01/03/2004 8:57:44 AM PST
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I actually was a babysitter for Carl [for his son Nick] when I was at CU. Carl was a great guy - used to take me to HoJo's for dinner a few times.
Ask him if the Drake equation isn't usually written:
N = R* fp ne fl fi fc L
Where R* =The rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life. Likewise, L (The length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space.) is a whole number, not a fraction (fL) as Crichton suggests.
I'm not trying to be an upstart but it seems that the way Crichton writes the equation,
(N=N*fp ne fl fi fc fL)
well, it doesn't make sense.
posted on 01/03/2004 9:23:06 AM PST
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