Network Origins Lecture:Life in Our Universe & Others
Oct 20, 2003
8:00PM to 9:00PM
Date(s) - 20/10/2003
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Title: Network Origins Lecture:Life in Our Universe & Others
Speaker: Dr. Martin Rees
Astronomers can trace cosmic history back to an era before even the first stars had formed-right back, indeed to the initial instants of a big bang nearly 14 billion years ago. They have discovered planetary systems orbiting many other stars. This progress brings into focus a set of fascinating questions. Is there life – even intelligence – beyond the Earth? How can we best look for it? What is life’s long-term future, here on Earth and perhaps far beyond? And we are emboldened to speculate further. Could there even be other big bangs? If so, would they generate other ‘universes’ governed by the same ‘biofriendly’ laws that have allowed the emergence of our complex cosmos from simple beginnings?