New Search Methods for Primitive and Intelligent Life Far from Earth
SCIENCE RESEARCH PUBLIC LECTURE*
Science Center Hall B
September 23, 2014 @7PM
Avi Loeb (Harvard University)
"Are we alone or is the universe teeming with life?" is one of the most fundamental questions in science. The answer could have a dramatic impact on society and culture. Over the next decade, advances in technology will allow astronomers to address this question in new ways. I will describe a few novel techniques that could potentially detect primitive or intelligent forms of life in the solar system and around nearby stars. I will then discuss how early after the Big Bang life may have started, as well as its prospects for survival in our long-term cosmic future.
* A recording of this event is posted on Science Research Public Lectures page.