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#67 Exoplanets, Cool Worlds & Life in the Universe, with David Kipping
Episode 6731st August 2022 • Learning Bayesian Statistics • Alexandre Andorra
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Is there life in the Universe? It doesn’t get deeper than this, does it? And yet, why do we care about that? In the very small chance that there is other life in the Universe, we have even less chance to discover it, talk to it and meet it. So, why do we care?

Well, it may surprise you but Bayesian statistics helps us think about these astronomical and — dare I say? — philosophical topics, as my guest, David Kipping, will brilliantly explain in this episode.

David is an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University, where he leads the Cool Worlds Lab — I know, the name is awesome. His team’s research spans exoplanet discovery and characterization, the search for life in the Universe and developing novel approaches to our exploration of the cosmos.

David also teaches astrostatistics, and his contributions to Bayesian statistics span astrobiology to exoplanet detection. He also hosts the Cool Worlds YouTube channel, with over half a million subscribers, that discusses his team’s work and broader topics within the field.

Cool worlds, cool guest, cool episode.

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