Perimeter Institute: Warp drive and aliens: Bryan Gaensler public lecture webcast

Bryan Gaensler
Bryan Gaensler, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Science fiction and science both inspire wonder and awe, albeit in very different ways.

At its best, science fiction asks profound questions about the human condition. In contrast, science asks – and often answers – even more profound questions about the very nature of matter, space, and time.

Both science fiction and science fact explore the concept of journeying to other stars and finding life on other worlds. When it comes to interstellar travel, the truth may soon become stranger (and more amazing) than fiction.

In his February 5 public lecture webcast at Perimeter Institute, astronomer Bryan Gaensler will provide an overview of the latest thinking on interstellar travel and on the search for alien life – including why he believes the frontiers of current research may be more exciting and visionary than any fictional stories we can imagine.

Gaensler is the Director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, where he holds a Canada Research Chair. He has authored 400 scientific papers on cosmic magnetism, neutron stars, supernova explosions, and interstellar gas, and his popular science book, Extreme Cosmos, has been translated into six languages.

Waiting line experience
There will be a waiting line for last minute cancelled (or ‘no show’) seats on the night of the lecture. Doors open at 5:30pm. Come to Perimeter and pick-up a waiting line chit at the Waiting Line sign and then participate in pre-lecture activities - no need to wait in line. An announcement will be made in the Bistro at 6:45pm if theatre seats are available. Note: you must arrive in person to be part of the waiting line and be in the Bistro when the waiting line announcement is made.

No disappointments
Everyone who comes to Perimeter will be able to participate in the lecture. The public lecture will be shown simultaneously on closed circuit television in the quiet of the Time Room or the licensed comfort of the Black Hole Bistro for any members of the waiting line who are not able to get a theatre seat.

Live webcast online
Enjoy the live webcast of Perimeter Institute Public Lectures from the comfort of your own home. Join us at 7:00pm night of the lecture and be part of the ONLINE virtual audience.

For most lectures the on-demand playback will be online within 24 hours after the live event. Check our YouTube page for the playbacks.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Attendance to the lecture is free, but advance tickets are required. Due to the overwhelming response to past lectures, tickets will be honoured until 6:45pm only. If you have not arrived by 6:45pm your reservation may be filled by guests in the waiting line, and you may be asked to join the end of the waiting line.
Tickets: Available online January 20 at 9:00am
Organized by: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Location: Perimeter Institute, Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas, 31 Caroline St. N., Waterloo, ON

https://insidetheperimeter.ca/warp-drive-and-aliens-bryan-gaensler-public-lecture-webcast/