Dinner Meeting with Jill Tarter
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm

The 21st Century: The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond

In a bold 2004 paper, Craig Venter and Daniel Cohen claimed that whereas the 20th century had been the Century of Physics (Special and General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Big Bang Cosmology, Dark Matter and Dark Energy, the Standard Model of Particle Physics…) the 21st century would be the century of biology. They outlined the fantastic potential of genomic research to define the current century. Wondrous as these predictions were, and as rapidly as they have played out and over-delivered during this past decade, these predictions were too parochial. This century will permit us the first opportunities to study biology beyond Earth, biology as we don’t yet know it, and biology that we have exported off the surface of our planet.

The technologies needed for discovering biology beyond Earth are different depending on whether you are searching for microbes or mathematicians, and depending on whether you are searching in-situ or remotely. In many cases the necessary technologies do not yet exist, but like genomics, they will probably develop more rapidly, and in more ways, than anyone of us can now imagine.

Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research and serves as a member of the Board of Trustee. She received her Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree from Cornell and her Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from UC Berkeley. She has spent the majority of her professional career attempting to answer the old human question “Are we alone?” She served as Project Scientist for NASA’s SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey and has conducted numerous observational programs at radio observatories worldwide. She is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), the California Academy of Sciences, and the Explorers Club. she was named one of the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2004, and one of the Time 25 in Space in 2012.

Rod Norden

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