Our Curious Universe - Dr Jennifer Wiseman
St John's College Annual Borderlands Lecture
In this lecture Dr Jennifer Wiseman discusses recent advances in telescope technology have enabled new incredible discoveries throughout the universe. Distant infant galaxies are now visible, shining from billions of years in the past. Closer to home, planets in other star systems are being discovered by the
New discoveries are also inspiring intriguing questions: Why and how has the
universe become hospitable for life? What would be the nature of life beyond our solar
system? What is the mysterious ubiquitous dark matter and dark energy? And what is the
ultimate fate of the universe and life? Such issues touch on the larger, rich contemplations
beyond science about the relationship of life and humanity to the cosmos.
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker. She studies
the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, optical,
and infrared telescopes, and currently serves as a senior astrophysicist at
the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. She is also interested in
national science policy and public science engagement, and directs the
program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American
Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her B.S. in
physics from MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987, and continued
her studies at Harvard, earning a Ph.D. in astronomy in 1995. Dr. Wiseman
is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in
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