Seth Shostak, SETI institute: “Looking for Life Beyond Earth”

Are we alone in the universe?

Date: Thursday October 3

Time: 6:15 PM

Location: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Paige Mill Road (Courtyard 1A, First Floor), Palo Alto

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The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial life is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company.  Could all this mean that finding biology beyond Earth, even if it exists, is a project for the ages – one that might take centuries or longer?

New approaches and new technology for detecting life and sentient beings elsewhere suggest that there is good reason to expect that we could uncover evidence even of sophisticated civilizations – the type of aliens we see in the movies and on TV – within a few decades.  But if we do find E.T., what would be the societal impact of learning that something, or someone, is out there?

Join us, together with the Harvard alums, to hear Seth Shostak speak about the latest developments in this area. Seth is Senior Astronomer and Institute Fellow at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California.  He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.  For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals.

He has written more than five hundred popular magazine, newspaper and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. For a decade, he chaired the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Committee.

Every week he hosts the SETI Institute’s one-hour science radio show, “Big Picture Science.” Seth has written, edited and contributed to a half dozen books.  His most recent tome is Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (National Geographic), and he is co-author of a college textbook on astrobiology.

Co-sponsored with the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley. 






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