Spooky Science: The Ghost Frequency

Humans have been telling ghost stories since long before recorded history. Some of the oldest known hauntings include Homer’s Odyssey in the 8th century BCE, in which Odysseus traveled to the underworld and encountered spirits; the Old Testament telling of the Witch of Endor summoning the spirit of Samuel; and the 1st century CE description of a “specter of an old man with a long beard, rattling chains” haunting Pliny the Younger’s house in Athens. Ghosts, spirits, specters, and...

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