Finding out whether life exists elsewhere in the universe is an interdisciplinary scientific challenge, states Carsten Dominik in his inaugural speech.
One of the topics Dominik addresses is Man’s place in the universe, which is one of the greatest philosophical questions of all. An important aspect here is the question whether we are alone in the universe. Instead of just a philosophical question, these days it this is also an interdisciplinary scientific programme comprising specific research. While astronomers attempt to understand how planetary systems come into being and search for Earth-like planets in the universe, research into the emergence and resilience of life forms involve chemistry and biology. In his inaugural lecture, Dominik discusses the way this research is built up from the astronomical perspective.
C. Dominik, professor of Astronomy: Are We Alone?
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