Speaking of Space
Public Outreach Science Seminar 2019
讲座题目： 我们是宇宙间的唯一吗？（Are we alone in the Universe?）
主讲人： （英）爱丁堡大学天体生物学教授Charles Cockell，Professor of Astrobiology，School of Physics and Astronomy，University of Edinburgh
For over 2,000 years, humans have wondered whether we are alone in the Universe or whether there could be other life forms out in space. In the next few decades we may finally get an answer to this question. Even if we find we are alone, we will have profoundly advanced our understanding of our place in the Universe. This talk will explore the exciting advances and new insights we have gained about the possibilities of life beyond Earth.
Charles Cockell is Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology, which he established in 2011. His academic interests encompass life in extreme environments, the habitability of extraterrestrial environments and the exploration and settlement of space. He has previously worked at NASA and the British Antarctic Survey. His work has taken him to both poles and many other extreme environments. He has published over 300 scientific papers and numerous books, including The Equations of Life, which explores how life is channeled by physical laws. He is engaged in numerous public education programs, including Life Beyond, an initiative he started which involves prisoners in Scottish prisons in the design of stations for other planets.