Carl L. DeVito, Ph.D. (Northwestern University)

Emeritus Faculty (University of Arizona)
Recent Publications:

“Fermi’s Paradox and the Drake Equation” to appear in Acta Astronautica in February of 2024.

“Other Messages for Other Senses.” (with M. Matessa & J. Barkow) in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 75, No. 10, October 2022.

“Reading the Cosmos: What Our Science Tells Us About the Science of Another World.” Chapter Two of “Techno signatures for Detecting Life in Our Universe: A Research Companion”. Wiley-Scrivener Publishers, June 13, 2022.

“How to decode interstellar messages” (with M. Matessa, J. Barkow, T. Lower and D. Vakoch) in Acta Astronautica 192, 2022.


 “Space, Life, Science and Stories—Our Recurring Interest is the possibilities of cosmic visitors.” Cambridge Scholars Publishers 2020.

Paperback edition released in August, 2022.

 "Science, SETI, and Mathematics", Berghahn Books 2014. Paperback edition 2021.

 “Harmonic Analysis-A Gentle Introduction”, Jones and Bartlett      Publishers, Inc. 2007.

  “Functional Analysis and Linear Operator Theory”, Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 1990.

  “Functional Analysis”, Academic Press (Pure and Applied Series) 1978.

Selected Research Papers Relating to Space:

“On the Meaning of the Fermi Paradox” in Blue Marble Special Issue on the detectability of future Earth, Elsevier 2019.

“Getting Off Planet” in Futures 110, 2019.

 “On the Universality of Human Mathematics” in “Communication with Extra-terrestrial Intelligence”, State University of New York Press, 2011.

  “Cultural Aspects of Interstellar Communication” in “Civilizations Beyond Earth”, Berghahn Books, 2011. Paperback 2013.

  “Alien Mathematics” in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol 63, No.8, August 2010 (published June 2011).

 “Languages Based on Science” in Acta. Astronautica, Vol.26, No. ¾, 1992.

 “A Language Based on the Fundamental Facts of Science” (with R.T. Oehrle) in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 43, 1990.

Selected Papers in Applied Mathematics:

 “Culture, Altruism, and Conflict Between Ancestors and Descendants” (with M.K. Coe, A.L. Palmer and C.T. Palmer) in Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences 4(3), 2010.

“Time Scapes” in Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, Vol 9, 1998.

 “Fractals Associated with Functions—The Spectral Lines of Hydrogen” (with W.A. Little) in Physical Review A, December 1988.

  “The Transfer Function Analysis of Various Schemes for the Two-Dimensional Shallow-water Equations” (with B. Neta) in Computers and Mathematics with Applications, Vol. 16, #5, 1988.

  “High Zonal Harmonics of a Rapidly Rotating Planet” (with W. Hubbard and W. Slattery) in the Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 199, 1975.

Selected Papers in Pure Mathematics:

“On Ptak’s Generalization of the Open-Mapping and Closed Graph Theorems” in Math. Zeit., Vol. 199, 1988.

 “Applications of the Non-Standard Theory of Locally Convex Spaces” in the proceedings of a conference on Nonlinear and Convex Analysis published by Marcel Dekker 1987.

 “Schauder’s Theorem and Riesz Theory for Compact-like Operators” (with A. Suchanek) in Math. Zeit. 192, 1986.

 “Characterizations of those Ideals in L1(R) which can be Synthesized” in Math. Ann. Vol. 203, 1973.

 “On Alaoglu’s Theorem, Bornological Spaces and the Mackey-Ulam Theorem” Math. Ann. Vol. 192, 1971.

 “A Completeness Theorem for Locally Convex Spaces and some Applications” in Math. Ann., Vol. 177, 1968.