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The Origin of the Drake Equation

The Origin of the Drake Equation

Most beginning classes in astronomy introduce their students to the Drake Equation, a way of summarizing our knowledge about the chances that there is intelligent life among the stars with which we humans might communicate. But how and why did this summary formula get put together? In this adaptation and update from a book he wrote some years ago with acclaimed science writer Dava Sobel, astronomer and SETI Pioneer Frank Drake tells us the story...

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Andrew Fraknoi
Andrew Fraknoi (Faculty)
6 years ago
I had the pleasure of editing this series, and persuading Frank Drake to update the story of his equation.
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