The Drake Equation

This book is the collaboration between myself and Paul Kranzler. we spent several weeks in the valley of Green bank west virginia photographing in "the quiet zone".

25 x 30 cm
120 pages

Text: Alard von Kittlitz
Design: Isabel Latza

45,- Euro

Order the trade edition directly at:
Fountain Books Berlin, 2018
ISBN 978-3-00-058059-8



The Drake Equation, created in 1961, is an assumption of our chances of finding extraterrestrial life from other star systems. Astro-physics use this equation, and the highly sensitive radio telescopes, to search the edge of the universe looking for signs of life. The equation encapsulate all of the variables relevant to establishing the number of intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy which may be broadcasting radio signals at a particular point in time.

In their new book THE DRAKE EQUATION, Andrew Phelps and Paul Kranzler explore the region around Green Bank, WV. With no cell phones and no TV or radio programmes being broadcasted, Green Bank, West Virginia is home to the National Radio “Quiet Zone” created in the 1950s as a place for scientists to explore the universe with highly sensitive radio telescopes. Since then, using the Drake Equation, they’ve been searching for traces of extraterrestrial life. The people, who now call this place home, could not be more different. A place where scientists meet settlers and bear hunters. And in recent years the “wi-fi refugees” who relocate here to flee electromagnetic radiation created by our modern society. Published by Fountain Books Berlin 2018.