"Are We Alone? The Dance of the Fertile Universe" Public Lecture

Come hear an interesting exchange of ideas as Lynn Rothschild, evolutionary biologist and astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, and Father George Coyne, Director Emeritus of the Vatican Observatory, astronomer and Jesuit priest, discuss "Are We Alone? The Dance of the Fertile Universe." Ames Center Director, S. Pete Worden will moderate as they consider the fact that while the potential for life was present at the Big Bang, Earth may be the only place that promise was realized. They will also discuss from their different perspectives what niches life may have found since the Big Bang and muse on the significance of the fertile universe.

Ames Research Center, the Commonwealth Club of California and the Yale Club of San Francisco will jointly host this talk.

The event is open to the public; admission is $15 in advance online at Tickets can be purchased in advance at: http://tickets.commonwealthclub.org/auto_choose_ga.asp?area=62 or in cash at the door. Light refreshments will be served prior to the lecture.

WHO:

- Lynn Rothschild, an evolutionary biologist and astrobiologist at NASA Ames;
- Father George Coyne, Director Emeritus of the Vatican Observatory;
- S. Pete Worden, Ames Center Director

WHERE: 500 Severyns Avenue, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., 94035. To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate. Guards at the main gate will direct reporters to NASA Research Park, directly behind the gate.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
- 6:30 p.m. PST: check in begins
- 7 p.m. PST: lecture begins

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