Allen Lane

This book’s subtitle is a question we love to ask: are we alone in the universe? Since SETI – the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence – was founded 50 years ago, millions of hours have been spent searching the cosmos, hoping to eavesdrop on the little grey men from outer space. But to no avail; not even the slightest hint of evidence that alien life exists has been discovered. So, is there any point in looking?

In The Eerie Silence, Paul Davies puts forward arguments both for and against SETI’s continuing exploration, and examines the likelihood of extraterrestrial existence. Although utterly fascinating, the book, somewhat frustratingly, provides us with more questions than answers. The Eerie Silence isn’t about answering the ultimate cosmic question; it’s about the issues the quest raises about our civilisation.
Ben Williams