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The Truth About Space Aliens: The Science of Astrobiology">The Truth About Space Aliens: The Science of Astrobiology

April 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Monroeville Public Library - Gallery Space
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd
Monroeville, PA 15146

Is there life on other worlds? That question has motivated fiction writers, film makers, artists, and philosophers for centuries. In recent decades, a full-fledged science known as Astrobiology has emerged, blending astronomy, geology, and life science in exciting ways. In his talk “The Truth About Space Aliens,” Monroeville resident, physicist, and author Dr. Fred Bortz presents his thoughts on the subject. His unique perspectives will intrigue and delight both humans and space aliens ranging from middle-school age to senior citizens.

After earning his Ph.D at Carnegie Mellon University in 1971, physicist Alfred B. (Fred) Bortz set off on an interesting and varied 25-year career in teaching and research, including three years in nuclear reactor core design at Westinghouse and fifteen years at Carnegie Mellon University in various research and outreach positions.

Fred decided to write full-time after his third book, Catastrophe! Great Engineering Failure—and Success, was designated a “Selector’s Choice” on the 1996 list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children. His bibliography has grown to nearly forty titles covering a broad range of topics from science and technology, including Techno-Matter: The Materials Behind the Marvels, a young adult overview of materials science and engineering, which won the 2002 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for works intended for young readers, and Meltdown! The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future, a Junior Library Guild selection and designated best grade 7-12 science book of 2012 by the Society of School Librarians International. “The Truth About Space Aliens” is based on Fred’s book Astrobiology in Lerner Publishing’s “Cool Science” series.


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