Physics & Astronomy Department Welcomes NASA HistorianMarch 23, 2005
The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Rowan University will host a public lecture on "Astrobiology and the Biological Universe" by Dr. Steven J. Dick, chief historian for NASA, on Wednesday April 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Betty Long Rowan Lecture Hall, Rowan Hall (engineering building).
The event is being supported with a grant from the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program.
Dick worked as an astronomer and historian of science at the U. S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. for 24 years before joining NASA Headquarters in 2003. Among his books are
?Plurality of Worlds: The Origins of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Democritus to Kant,? ?The Biological Universe: The Twentieth Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science? and ?Life on Other Worlds.? His most recent books are ?The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology? and a comprehensive history of the U. S. Naval Observatory, ?Sky and Ocean Joined: The U. S. Naval Observatory, 1830-2000.?
At Rowan, Dick ? who also will address a class the afternoon of his public lecture ? will discuss astronomy?s two grand world views: a purely physical universe, in which cosmic
evolution commonly ends in planets, stars and galaxies, and a biological universe, in which cosmic evolution routinely results in life, mind and intelligence. Astrobiology is the science providing the data to make this critical choice.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on the lecture, call Dr. Karen Magee-Sauer at 256-4395.