Harpswell summer resident Alan Lightman hosts the new PBS series “Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science.”
The series features scenes shot near his home on an island in Casco Bay, according to the Portland Press Herald.
The three-part series started streaming on pbs.org on Jan. 7 and airing on the PBS World Channel on Jan. 17.
Lightman, an author, educator and physicist best known for his novel “Einstein’s Dreams,” told the Press Herald that he hopes the series will make science more relatable to viewers.
In the series, Lightman travels to France and Italy, talks to historians and scientists, explores artificial intelligence with the Dalai Lama and a humanoid robot, and reflects on what it all means back home in Harpswell.
Lightman, of Massachusetts, has summered on a Harpswell island for more than 30 years. Much of the series was shot on the island, according to the Press Herald.
“I hope our series contributes to conversations people are having in a healing way, showing the human sides of the sciences,” Lightman told the newspaper. “We talk about the moral, spiritual and philosophical aspects of the science of our world.”