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Life in the Universe: Chance or Necessity?

Dr Nick Lane, leading expert on life’s origins and author of the award-winning Life Ascending, joins us to investigate the beginnings of life.


Dr Nick Lane, leading expert on life’s origins and author of the award-winning Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution, joins us to investigate the beginnings of life.

The 'meaning of it all' ultimately hinges on whether we arose by chance, or whether there is some cosmic imperative behind our existence. Forty years ago, geneticist Jacques Monod arrived at the bleak conclusion that we are alone, a freak accident in an empty universe.

Since Monod, we have transformed our understanding of molecular biology and evolution, as well as our knowledge of the cosmos and the conditions under which life appeared. As a fitting start to 'Life Begins' season, Dr Lane will reappraise Monod's stark perspective on life's origins. He shall argue that the origin of life was easy, thermodynamically nearly inevitable, but the birth of complex life was another matter altogether.

This event is free and there is no need to book. Following the talk join us for a free glass of wine in a private view of the new Museum. Part of the Life Begins Season at the Grant Museum.


Speaker(s):

Dr Nick Lane | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

10 May 2011 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL
Rockefeller Building
University Street
London
WC1E 6DE
020 3108 2052
http://www.grant.museum.ucl.ac.uk

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