Chris Impey

University Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona

Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. He has over 170 refereed publications on observational cosmology, galaxies, and quasars, and his research has been supported by $20 million in grants from NASA and the NSF. He has won eleven teaching awards, and he is currently teaching an online class with over 19,000 enrolled. Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society and he has been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, the Carnegie Council’s Arizona Professor of the Year, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. He’s written over 40 popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology, two introductory textbooks, a novel called Shadow World (2013, Dark Skies Press), and six popular science books: The Living Cosmos (2007, Random House), How It Ends (2010, Norton), Talking About Life (2010, Cambridge), How It Began (2012, Norton), Dreams of Other Worlds (2013, Princeton), and Humble Before the Void (2014, Templeton). His next book, on the future of space travel, is called Beyond (2015, Norton).

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Where Does It Begin?

Saturday, May 5th
4:30 - 6:30PM

Past Event

Why are we curious about beginnings, whether that of the cosmos or our own? What can we discover from each other’s curiosity about beginnings? What are the organizational properties necessary to call something a beginning? Might similar processes apply to both individual consciousness and the universe at large? Free and open to the public.

The Search for Immortality

Saturday, December 13, 2014
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

In the Phaedo, Plato asserts that the philosophical life is a preparation for death. Human aspiration, expressed in our science and in our spirituality, nevertheless seeks to transcend the philosophical and biological confines of mortality. How do differences in our awareness of mortality, from developmental death anxieties to the philosopher’s embrace, influence the diverse lives… read more »