In 1943 Erwin Schrodinger famously delivered a set of lectures at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies aiming to tackle the question “What is Life?” from the first-principles approach of physics. Over 70 years later, we’ve still made little headway on answering this question. In this SFI Community Lecture, Sara Walker guides us through approaches aimed at developing a new theory for understanding life. Based on the idea that life is fundamentally about information and how it interacts with the physical world, this new theory could revolutionize our understanding both of the origin of life on Earth and how we should search for it on other worlds.
Sara Walker is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist interested in the origin of life and how to find life on other worlds. At Arizona State University she is Deputy Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Associate Director of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.
Join us on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. for this community lecture at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
This Community Lecture is presented at no cost to the public by the Santa Fe Institute and the James S. McDonnell Foundation, with additional support from the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Reporter.
Residents of Santa Fe are encouraged to attend in person. Those unable to attend can watch the talk live on SFI's YouTube page.