Are We Alone?
Distinguished Astrophysicist to discuss
the probability of life on other planets
Feb. 14, 2005
Human beings come in the middle – they are middle sized,
middle aged, and middle weight – half way between the phenomena
of atomic physics and those of cosmology. Scientists
tell us that this means we can hope to learn about both the
atom and the universe by looking at ourselves.
Distinguished physicist and cosmologist Dr. Virginia Trimble
will visit Marquette University to present “Cosmology: Man's
Place in the Universe,” a Harlow Shapley lecture, on Thurs.,
Feb. 17, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.
The lecture is free and open to all who are interested in
how life developed here on Earth, and especially those who
wonder if there is life on other planets or in other galaxies.
Dr. Trimble's lecture will address the theory that life on
Earth is the culmination of a long series of stages, from
the Big Bang that started off the expansion of the universe
through the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets, to
the emergence and evolution of life. Dr. Trimble maintains
that changing even one of the fundamental constants of physics
or cosmology would prevent one or more of these vital stages
from occuring. The implications of this theory will
also be explored by Dr. Trimble.
Dr. Trimble is a professor at the University of California,
Irvine. She is a graduate of the University of California,
Los Angeles, with a BA in Physics and Astronomy, and The California
Institute of Technology, where she earned her Ph.D. in Astronomy.
She is a member of the American Astronomical Society,
the American Physical Society, the International Union of
Pure and Applied Physics, and the International Astronomical
Union. She has published more than 500 articles and
presented more than 30 prize and endowed lectures.
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