https://somervillepubliclibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/extraterrestrial-the-first-sign-of-intelligent-life-beyond-earth-with-harvards-avi-loeb/ Online event
Boston, MA 02110
Bestselling author Avi Loeb will discuss his recent critically acclaimed book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, in this Zoom webinar with the SPL and Tewksbury Public Library.
About The Book:
Harvard’s top astronomer lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star. In late 2017, scientists at a Hawaiian observatory glimpsed an object soaring through our inner solar system, moving so quickly that it could only have come from another star. Avi Loeb, Harvard’s top astronomer, showed it was not an asteroid; it was moving too fast along a strange orbit, and left no trail of gas or debris in its wake. There was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization.
In "Extraterrestrial," Loeb takes readers inside the thrilling story of the first interstellar visitor to be spotted in our solar system. He outlines his controversial theory and its profound implications: for science, for religion, and for the future of our species and our planet. A mind-bending journey through the furthest reaches of science, space-time, and the human imagination, "Extraterrestrial" challenges readers to aim for the stars—and to think critically about what’s out there, no matter how strange it seems.
About The Author:
Avi Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University, chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, founding director of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative, and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Author of four books and over 700 scientific papers, Loeb is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. In 2012, Time selected Loeb as one of the twenty-five most influential people in space.
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Sponsored by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.