Society Lecture: The Hunt for Alien Life: A wider Perspective – Dr. Peter Linde

March 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Willingdon Memorial Hall
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: Peter Linde was born in 1951 and has a background as assistant professor in astronomy at the Lund University, Sweden. As a researcher he has been active in advanced analysis of astronomical imagery, participating in studies of solar-type
stars and stellar populations in nearby galaxies. He has recently been engaged in simulations for the European Extremely Large Telescope, now in progress of being built. Since childhood he is fascinated by astronomy and is involved in many projects to convey this commitment in popular science form.