Astrobiology: The truth is out there

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 7 November

The Theatre

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  • An artist's illustration of the exoplanet Kepler 22b

    An artist's illustration of one of the more habitable planets researchers have found: Kepler 22b.

    Credit: Nasa via Wikimedia


Standard £14


Concession £10


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Event description

For millennia, humans have looked to the stars and wondered – are we alone in the universe? From studying extreme life on earth to searching for planets and listening for alien signals, science seems to be bringing us ever closer to answering this question. Jim Al-Khalili’s new book, Aliens, explores the many facets of humanity’s obsession with the otherworldly. With chapters from some of the greatest science writers out there, Jim has put together the definitive guide to life in the Universe.

In his first public event for Aliens, Jim is joined by writer and comedian Ben Miller as they discuss just how close we are to our first close encounter.

There will be an opportunity to purchase and have the book signed after the talk.

About the speakers

Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster. He is the host of a the Life Scientific on BBC Four and was recently awarded the inaugural Stephen Hawking medal for science communication.

Ben Miller is a comedian, writer, and author of The Aliens Are Coming!: The exciting and extraordinary science behind our search for life in the Universe.


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