Are we alone?

Are we alone?

Paul Davies
Paul Davies
The only evidence of life that we are aware of occurs in our planet, but man continues to search outer space for signs of other life forms. From the time of the Viking Mission to Mars until the recent research into Jupiter’s satellites, science tries to find answers. A new field of science, astrobiology, is redefining and analysing life on Earth and by doing so is creating the basis on which scientists of the future will work. If the life is implicit in the mechanisms of the universe the response waits for us out there. Professor Paul Davies gives this public lecture entitled: The eerie silence: Are we alone in the Universe? on Friday, 18 May 2012 at The Australian National University. Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. He is Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, where he directs the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science — a cosmic think tank that tackles the “big questions” of existence, from the origin of the universe to the origin of life and the nature of time. Davies also directs a National Cancer Institute research program that tackles cancer from a physics perspective. Among his research accomplishments, Davies helped explain how black holes radiate energy, what caused the ripples in the cosmic afterglow of the big bang, and why life on Earth may have come from Mars. Davies has written about 30 books, most recently The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe? His preoccupation with deep conceptual problems and his fearless championing of bold new ideas earned Davies the epithet of ‘The Disruptor’ in a recent profile in Nature magazine. His many media projects include presenting two six-part series on The Big Questions for Australian television. He has awards from The Royal Society and the UK Institute of Physics, and also received the 1995 Templeton Prize. In 2007 he was named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours list Paul Charles William Davies, AM is an English physicist, writer and broadcaster, a professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science..

Radio telescopes scan the skies, and computers crunch the results looking for the patterns that might indicate an artificial signal coming from deep space. Alien hunters stand watch out in the desert, looking for lights in the sky flying over military bases. Both are looking for answers to the same question: Is our little civilization on our little blue planet alone in the galaxy; or are there others, like us, who want to meet us as much as we want to meet them?

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