However, it is true that earlier this year a giant wok was unearthed in Indonesia:
Unfortunately, on the way to the Keris Tosan Aji Museum, this one ton ancient frying pan fell and broke. Still no idea who used it or when or if it was used for cooking...and what.
Well, so much for some humor. We are all familiar with a standard Chinese cooking pan called the wok. Well, they recently built a really large one and took the current lead in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), a field with which I have now been associated for four decades. In 1976 I joined 19 other university faculty members from across the nation to, at the Ames Research Center, design for NASA the next generation device to detect an extrasolar planet. Most of group formed a team to design the ultimate interferometer to accomplish this task.
SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity reports on this phase of my life, but you don't need to buy the book, as I began serializing this publication in this blog site beginning with SETI. In the mid-70's, the key astronomical question was: Are we the only planet in the Universe? It was not until 1988 that the first exoplanet was confirmed, and today, there are more than 3500 of them on the record. It is now estimated that:
- One in five Sun-like stars have an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone.
- There could thus well be from 11 billion to 40 billion planets with potential life like ours, just in our galaxy.
- Will take three years yet of calibration.
- Is neither spherical nor 500 meters in diameter--has a parabolic shape and a useful diameter of 300 meters.
- The project is in collaboration with Australia.
- Should be able to detect alien signals up to 1,000 light years away.
For those like me with a passion for SETI, anticipate the movie Arrival, with Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, due to arrive at your local theater on November 11. Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave it a 100% rating, and 99% of us await the coming...of the film.