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Aliens in Outer Space: The Science & the Fiction - A Short Course

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A Non-credit Short Course with Andrew Fraknoi 

Spend eight weeks getting off this planet to think about the possibility of intelligent life among the stars.

When a Silicon Valley billionaire recently gave $100 million to UC Berkeley to step up the search for evidence of extra-terrestrials, the experimental search for messages or signals from civilizations out there moved into high gear.  The course will discuss past and current experiments, how we might communicate with aliens, and what we propose to do if we find them.  It will also look at some of the most imaginative science fiction ideas about what aliens will be like and what the results of getting in touch with aliens might be.  No background in science will be expected or assumed; the course will be in everyday language.

Astronomer and educator Andrew Fraknoi leads this non-technical short course for adults over 50 on the scientific search for aliens out there.  He’ll take a careful look at the factors that make astronomers more optimistic than ever that there we may have counterparts on other worlds (including the discovery of more than 4,000 planets so far orbiting other stars.)

Andrew Fraknoi retired recently as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College.  He was the California Professor of the Year in 2007 (selected by the Carnegie Endowment for Higher Education.)  Fraknoi is the lead author of Astronomy, a popular introductory textbook, published in a free electronic edition by the non-profit OpenStax project. He keeps a website cataloging science fiction stories based on good astronomy, and three of his science fiction stories have been published in recent years.  Asteroid 4859 has been named Asteroid Fraknoi by the International Astronomical Union in recognition of his contributions to the public understanding of science. Relevant to the course, he has been on the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute since it was founded.

The OLLI program has offered Bay Area adults fun learning opportunities for over 15 years.  Now, their classes are on Zoom, so you don’t need to travel to Marin to enjoy them.

People who have never taken a course from OLLI Dominican can take this course for a total of $80 (25 reg fee plus 55 for the course).  Due to recent changes in the registration proceedures it is recommended that you follow these directions to register and received the first time course discount offered by OLLI Dominican if it is your first time...

Don't register on line.  Call 415-458-3763 and leave your name and phone number.  Calum Mackechnie, the Program’s Associate Director, will call back within two business days and register you over the phone.  NOTE: If you have taken courses here before you can easily register on line at the website.

Tuesday, 01/12/21

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