Scientist and Adventurer Bertrand Piccard to Speak at Boston University

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(Boston) – Born into a family of explorers and scientists, Dr. Bertrand Piccard was destined to become one of the greatest adventurers of his time. In 1999, as a co-pilot of the Breitling Orbiter 3 hot-air balloon, Piccard completed the first non-stop round-the-world voyage in 19 days, 21 hours, and 47 minutes. Having covered 29,055 miles, it was the longest flight in both duration and distance and captured a total of seven world records.

Hot-air ballooning has since become a metaphor for life for Dr. Piccard, who is known to the public as “Le Savanturier” – a combination of the French words “savant” for scientist and “adventurier” for adventurer.

In an inspirational lecture on November 15, Dr. Piccard will explain how balloon flight can symbolize a new philosophy of life. In this metaphor, the balloon is a captive of the winds that propel it just as man is a prisoner of his certitudes, his problems or his destiny; but, in the same way that a balloon can change altitude to find currents which will change its direction, we humans can rise up psychologically or spiritually to reassume responsibility for the direction of our existence.

Dr. Piccard will draw from his own experience to provide a source of inspiration for personal and professional lives. He uses his flights to develop the concept of the psychology of life, of human communication, and the management of stress and crises of existence.

“Adventure, a state of mind: The metaphor of the first round-the-world balloon flight”

Thursday, November 15, 2007

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Boston University Photonics Center
Room 206
8 St. Mary’s Street
Boston, MA

Free admission, please RSVP to by November 13, 2007.

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