Jeffrey Bennett's 2014 International UFO Congress presentation
Beyond UFOs: The Scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Its Astonishing Implications for Our Future
Is there really life beyond Earth? Astrophysicist and author Jeffrey Bennett will talk about why this question has become a hot topic of scientific research, and discuss how scientists are searching both for microbial life and extraterrestrial intelligence. Along the way, we’ll also see why the possibility of life beyond Earth has profound implications for the future of our species, even in the unlikely event that we are alone in the universe. This talk is based in part on Dr. Bennett’s award-winning book Beyond UFOs.
Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. in biophysics and a Ph.D. in astrophysics. He has taught a t every level from preschool through graduate school, and may well be the only person to ha ve written leading college textbooks in four distinct subjects: astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics. He is also author of On the Cosmic Horizon and Math For Life, and of the a ward-winning children’s books Max Goes to the Moon, Max Goes to Mars, Max Goes to Jupiter, and The Wizard Who Saved the World. Through his “Max Goes to Schools” science literacy program, he has donated his children’s books to more than 10,000 public elementar y schools. Among his other major endeavors, Dr. Bennett served two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA headquarters, where he created numerous educational programs for the Hubble Space Telescope and other space science missions. He also proposed the idea for and helped develop both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System (on the University of Colorad o’s Boulder campus) and the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC.