" Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact". - Thomas Huxley
Seth Shostak is Senior Astronomer at the SETI (The Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence) Institute, and has been an observer for Project Phoenix as well as an active participant in various international forums for SETI research. He is a frequent presenter of the Institute's work in the media, through lectures, and via the Institute's weekly radio show, Are We Alone?, for which he's the host. Each Sunday night, Shostak interviews guests who are on the bleeding edge of science discovery and technological advance. The show gives callers the opportunity to ask questions of the world's foremost experts in astrobiology and space exploration.
Shostak readily translates the most complex scientific discoveries into terms accessible to the non-scientist. He has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, and the SPACE.com web site, as well as three books, including a popular textbook on astrobiology. Recently awarded the Klumpke-Roberts Award by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy, Shostak is also Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Study Group. As a practicing scientist personally engaged in SETI observations, his technical expertise—combined with his quick wit and engaging personality—make him a sought-after speaker and writer.
First broadcast on 2nd Febrary 2007.