Date: 6th June- 5.45pm
Venue: Filmhouse, Lothian Road
Prof. Arjun Berera
Arjun Berera is a Professor of Physics at the University of Edinburgh. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. While his PhD research was in string theory, he has also worked in condensed matter and statistical physics, particle physics and now mostly works in cosmology and the early universe.
Prof. Berera will talk us through how close the film is to the actual use of radio telescopes to detect transmissions from outer space, the effect of time and distance, and the strength we can expect from such signals. The physics of wormholes and the possibility of traveling through them will also be discussed.
Contact is the story of a free thinking radio astronomer who discovers an intelligent signal broadcast from deep space. She and her fellow scientists are able to decipher the Message and discover detailed instructions for building a mysterious Machine. Will the Machine spell the end of our world, or the end of our superstitions? Will we take our place among the races of the Galaxy, or are we just an upstart species with a long way to go?
(From http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118884/, Written by Ed Howell <firstname.lastname@example.org> )