Project Identification: The First Scientific Field Study of UFO Phenomena
A survey of UFO phenomena--complete with photographs, diagrams, and statistical tables--reports on and evaluates the findings of the first scientific field study
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In 1973 Rutledge, the physics department chairman at SE Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo heard credible reports of unusual aerial light phenomena in the area of Piedmont, Mo. People were reporting unusual lights that did not appear to be simple atmospheric or man made misobservations. After some initial investigation he started Project Identification in an attempt to explain what was happening. Members of the project, selected for a solid backround in physical science, went into the field for first hand observation. They employed strict scientific methods and utilized well chosen instrumentation for their investigation. This book is a summary of that effort.
A great deal of the book is an explanation of the methods used in the collection of the data. This will be a great deal of help to those without training in science. His explanations how the instruments actually work (i.e. time lapse film documenting moving light sources) is a strong part of the book. The reader is not asked to simply "believe" that something happened because the author said it did. It is well explained and the data then revealed. The reader can make their own decisions about the information offered.
Two things need be said. One: This is not a book about "flying saucers" It never addresses, even in passing, what many have come to accept: the ETH or Extraterrestrial Hypothesis. This is not Donald Keyhoe writing. There is no sensationalism, breathless discussion of space aliens or anything of the sort. This is more Jack Webb: "just the facts ma'am". Two: the facts are pretty stunning. Rutledge and his team observed and recorded some very remarkable events that remain entirely unexplained. If I were asked which one book on this topic I would recommend to someone, it would be this one.
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