The Spur Questionnaire: Phil Langill

Phil Langill
Phil Langill

Phil Langill is the director of the University of Calgary’s Rothney Astrophysical Observatory. He’ll be participating in our panel Are We Alone, Together in the Universe.

Tell us about your participation in the 2015 Spur Festival.
Honored to be invited to talk science, my favorite thing to do!

What do you hope Spur Festival attendees will take away from your session?
Think a bit about why we constantly push the boundaries of our understanding of the world.

What are you most looking forward to about the Spur Festival?
Finding out what it’s all about, and hoping to see it grow over time in Calgary

What is the one item you never leave home without?
Technostuff, socks on my feet, and the knowledge that the day will unfold completely differently than planned.

Which book is currently on your nightstand?
Smashing Physics by Jon Butterworth and Watch by Robert Sawyer.

In the last year, what is the longest you have gone ‘unplugged’? No internet, no cell phone, etc.
Zero-point-five days, sadly

Who was the last person you texted?
My daughter.

The animated show The Jetsons was set in 2062. Is there anything from their futuristic world that wish were a current reality?
Flying cars and floating houses.

How do you prefer to communicate with colleagues: by phone, email, text or in person? How do you prefer to communicate with friends?
I prefer talking to people in person, but invariably text or email, rarely phone.

What do you love about living in Calgary?
I’m an original Calgarian so it’s ingrained in my psyche.  Urban sprawl has gotten way out of hand, though.


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