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Are you curious about the nature of time or if we're alone in the universe? Grab a pint as we tackle some of the universe's largest questions.
Life Beyond Earth
Gregory Arkos (Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering & Astronomy Vancouver Island University)
In 1950, while discussing the possibility of alien life, physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked “So… where is everyone?”, a question that continues to captivate us to this day. Are there intelligent, technologically advanced extraterrestrials in our galaxy? If so, where are they? Dr. Arkos will summarize our ongoing search for life beyond Earth, including results from the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.
The Quantum Nature of Time
Gail Conway (has degrees in physics, astronomy and astrophysics. She spent 16 years as a university faculty member, and now heads the Middle School program at Discover Montessori School in Nanaimo, BC.)
What is the nature of time? Early humans tracked the movement of the Sun and developed timekeeping and calendars. More recently, Einstein showed us that time is actually not a rigid construct, but a flexible piece of the fabric of spacetime. Today, quantum mechanics is hinting at an even stranger picture of time which may revolutionize how we understand our universe.