Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 9HT
Title: The Hunt for Alien Life: A wider Perspective
Lecturer: Dr. Peter Linde
A revolution has – again – taken place in astronomy. During the past two decades the previously hypothetical exoplanets have become very real. As of now, more than 3000 such objects have been discovered. This prompts a new analysis of the relationship between mankind and the Universe. Are we alone? Is somewhere someone looking at a sky, possibly different from ours, but nevertheless asking the same question?
This talk will discuss a set of fundamental questions:
- Is our existence the result of a series of improbable events and circumstances?
- Are there other planets similar to Earth?
- Are we the only intelligent civilization in the Universe – and if so, why?
- If not, can we communicate with an extraterrestrial civilization, and do we want to?
Biography: Formerly at the Lund Observatory and University of Malmo, Sweden