the galileo project: are we the sharpest cookies in the milky way jar? by avi loeb, professor of science, harvard university

Wednesday, October 13th 2021 @ HKT 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Galileo Project: Are We the Sharpest Cookies in the Milky Way Jar? by Avi Loeb, Professor of Science, Harvard University

Date:October 13th, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time:HKT 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Event Description

The search for extraterrestrial life is one of the most exciting frontiers in science. First tentative clues were identified close to Earth in the form of the unusual interstellar object `Oumuamua. Our civilization will mature once we find out who resides on our cosmic street by searching with our best telescopes for unusual electromagnetic flashes, industrial pollution of planetary atmospheres, artificial light or heat, artificial space debris or something completely unexpected. The recently announced "Galileo Project" ushers the new frontier of "space archaeology" in search of extraterrestrial technological relics. 

The lecture will feature content from my book "Extraterrestrial", as well as the textbook "Life in the Cosmos", both published in 2021. Related material was featured in my weekly commentaries in Scientific American.


Guest Speaker Biography:

Abraham (Avi) Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University and a bestselling author (in lists of the New York Times,Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, L'Express and more). He received a PhD in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel at age 24 (1980-1986), led the first international project supported by the Strategic Defense Initiative (1983-1988), and was subsequently a long-term member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1988-1993). Loeb wrote 8 books and over 800 papers on a wide range of topics, including black holes, the first stars, the search for extraterrestrial life and the future of the Universe. He had been the longest serving Chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy (2011-2020), Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative and is Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (2007-present) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. Loeb is a former member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) at the White House, a former chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies and a current member of the Advisory Board for "Einstein: Visualize the Impossible" of the Hebrew University. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative (2016-present) and serves as the Science Theory Director for all Initiatives of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. In 2012, TIME magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in space. Click here for Loeb's commentaries on innovation and diversity.  

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Sign Up Date

(Lifetime/Patron) : Monday, August 23rd 2021

(Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member) : Tuesday, August 24th 2021

(Prospect/Guest) : Wednesday, August 25th 2021

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Wednesday, October 13th 2021

Time & Location

HKT 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Meeting ID: 868 1754 1159 Passcode: 327179

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