[Ads-l] Fermi's Question

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 28 15:12:25 EDT 2017


Thanks very much for locating the quotation attributed to Fermi in the
book by Shklovskii and Sagan.
Garson

On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 10:22 PM, Jim Parish <jparish at siue.edu> wrote:
> ADSGarson O'Toole wrote (snipped):
>>
>> The 1966 book by I. S. Shklovskii and Carl Sagan appears to credit
>> Enrico Fermi and presents a 1943 date. This information is based only
>> on the text visible in a snippet. I do not know what else is said
>> within the book.
>>
>> Year: 1966
>> Book: Intelligent life in the universe: Vselennaja zizn'razum
>> Authors: I. S. Shklovskii, Carl Sagan
>> Note: A translation, extension, and revision of [the author's
>> Vselennai?a?, zhizn', razum]".
>> Publisher; Holden-Day, San Francisco, California
>> Quote Page 448
>> Database: Google Books Snippet; should be verified with hardcopy
>>
>>
>> https://books.google.com/books?id=_kfpcOm6dn8C&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=Fermi
>>
>> [Begin extracted text]
>> Where are they?
>> Enrico Fermi (1943)
>> [End extracted text]
>
>
> Let's see, I just happen to have a copy within arm's reach...
>
> The quoted passage is one of two epigraphs to chapter 33 of the book. (The
> other is a passage from something by the 17th century
> mathematician/scientist Christiaan Huygens.) Judging from the index, that is
> the only reference to Fermi in the book.
>
> Jim Parish
>
>
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