Friday 24th March 2017
Professor Jim Al Khalili
Aliens: Science's Search for Extraterrestrial LIfe
Mankind has been obsessed with finding an answer to one of the most profound questions there is: Are we alone in the Universe? This lecture is based on the best-selling book, edited by the speaker, that takes a look at the evidence for alien life and how scientists have been searching for it. To do that we must also understand how special life on earth is and how it began, what the building blocks of life are and what the signatures are that would convince us that life exists elsewhere. It is also interesting to explore just why we are obsessed with creating aliens in our own image, and why so many – in Hollywood and beyond – are convinced that ’they' are already among us. The reason this subject is currently fascinating scientists as well as that we finally believe we are closing in on an answer.
Friday 24th March 2017 at 7.30pm in the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School