Meribel Tourism

Périod of opening

Thursday 16 August 2018 between 5.30 PM and 6.30 PM.

Postponed in case of bad weather.

COORDONNEES

Salle l’office de tourisme de Méribel-Mottaret

73550 Méribel


Tél: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 01

TARIFS

Free of charge.

Talk "From little green men to exobiology; the science of extraterrestrial life"

The possible existence of extraterrestrial life has always fascinated man and throughout history thinkers, philosophers, writers and scientists have attempted to address the fundamental question "are we alone in the universe?"

Democritus and Aristotle suggested that life is a natural phenomenon present everywhere in the universe. Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for having publicly supported the hypothesis of a plurality of worlds. With the invention of the astronomical telescope by Galileo in 1609 and the perfecting and increasing power of optical lenses at the end of the 19th century, the public became fascinated by the red planet Mars and the genius writer H G Wells popularised the myth of extraterrestrial life with his celebrated science fiction novel "War of the Worlds". At the same time, author Camille Flamarion described the Moon with its primitive inhabitants, the Selenites. The Second World War saw the appearance of the V1 rocket and the Cold War and its space race gave birth to the Apollo programme and man suddenly realised that the doors of the cosmic abyss were open to us. The study of UFOs and growth of fantasty fiction in cinema and cult series (Star trek, Star wars, Invaders, Men in black etc) have popularised the very idea of ​​extraterrestrial civilization and exobiology, and the discovery of exoplanets opens up a field of immense reflections, and for the first time, with the instruments now under construction, science will soon be able to finally answer the question "are we alone in the Universe?"

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