Sun, 7 February 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

Harvard Professor Avi Loeb

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Renowned astrophysicist Avi Loeb takes us on a mind-bending journey through the furthest reaches of science, space-time and the human imagination.

In late 2017, scientists at a Hawaiian observatory glimpsed a strange object soaring through our inner solar system. Harvard Professor Avi Loeb believes that the object known as Oumuamua was not an asteroid; it was moving too fast along a strange orbit, and leaving no trail of gas or debris in its wake. For Professor Loeb, there was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilisation.

In this talk, Professor Loeb will take us inside the thrilling story of the first interstellar visitor to be spotted in our solar system. He will outline his theory and its profound implications: for science, for religion, and for the future of our planet. This talk will challenge you to aim for the stars-and to think critically about what’s out there, no matter how strange it seems.

Praise For Avi Loeb:

‘In this passionately argued, visionary book, astrophysicist Avi Loeb urges us to abandon the arrogant fantasy that we are the only sentient life form in the universe. The clues are fascinating, and still more are Loeb’s arguments for what they might reveal to us about our own brilliant, blinkered, and quite possibly doomed civilisation’ – Stephen Greenblatt, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Swerve

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Avi Loeb

Professor of Science, Harvard University

Abraham (Avi) Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University. He was the longest serving Chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, is Founding Director of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, serves as a member of the President’s Council on Science and Technology at the White House, as well as Chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies.