Next Society Meeting:
14th Oct 2016
Speaker -Colin McInnes
Tabby's Star, Dyson spheres , Extra-terrestrial intelligence
When the Kepler spacecraft detected the curious light curve of Tabby's star (KIC 8462852)
speculation was rife as to its source - from a cloud of giant comets to a partly assembled
Dyson sphere. This talk will speculate on engineering and on length-scales and then consider
how thinking about such ventures can provide new insights for SETI.
Bio: Colin McInnes is James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science at the
University of Glasgow. His research interests include spacecraft, solar cell propulsion
and advanced space concepts.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh,
the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the Scottish Government's
Science Advisory Council.