Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science

In SEARCHING: OUR QUEST FOR MEANING IN THE AGE OF SCIENCE, physicist and best-selling author Alan Lightman investigates how key findings of modern science help us find our bearings in the cosmos. What do these new discoveries tell us about ourselves, and how do we find meaning in them? Throughout the highly cinematic three-part series, Alan takes viewers along on his journey of exploration - from prehistoric paintings in a French cave to a giant subatomic particle accelerator in Switzerland; from a Harvard laboratory where biologists are attempting to create living cells from scratch to the gravitational wave observatories that first detected the collisions of black holes; and to the quiet of a Buddhist temple. We travel from the infinity of the small to the infinity of the large, meeting with the co-discoverer of one of the most distant galaxies yet known. Across the series, Alan also interviews brain scientists, physicists, astronomers, philosophers, ethicists and faith leaders who offer contrasting perspectives on the interplay between contemporary scientific research and the humanities. Adding to the diversity of perspectives is a dynamic conversation with Bina48, the world's most advanced humanoid robot.

Sun, Apr 2 7:00 A.M. The Stars & The Ospreynone     NHPBS

Part 1, "The Stars & The Osprey," begins with Lightman's late-night experience alone on the ocean when he felt connected to the stars, and ends with a memorable eye-to-eye encounter with a wild creature.

Sun, Apr 9 7:00 A.M. The Big & The Small     NHPBS

Part 2, "The Big & The Small," dramatizes the fact that humans are almost exactly the same distance - in terms of "Powers of Ten" - between an atom and a star.

Sun, Apr 16 7:00 A.M. Homo Techno     NHPBS

Part 3, "Homo Techno," features stories - including that of a paralyzed former gang member who risked his brain to advance medical science - that prompt Lightman to think deeply about how advances in science and technology will impact our future evolution into what will perhaps be a new species: "Homo Techno" - part human and part machine.

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