The Origin and Fate of Life and the Universe

Date: Wednesday, 7 May, 2014

Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue: Kerr Grant Theatre

Location: Physics Building, University of Adelaide, North Terrace Adelaide

In the last 15 years we have made progress in understanding the origin and fate of life and the universe. Within the new standard cosmological model, constraints on the formation of terrestrial planets and life can be quantified. For
example, we are beginning to be able to answer the questions: When did terrestrial planets first appear in the universe? How common are they? What are the dispersions in the abundances of the most important ingredients of terrestrial planets and life, as a function of time. These quantifications involve connections between cosmology, stellar evolution, the chemical enrichment of the universe, comparative planetology, geology and biochemistry and form the basis of new astrobiological efforts to determine how we fit into the universe.

Assoc Prof. Charles H. Lineweaver is an associate professor and astrobiologist at the Australian National University’s Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Research School of Earth Science. His astrobiological research involves the origin of the Earth, the origin of life and the origin of cancer. He studies the statistical distribution of exoplanets, the cosmic microwave background radiation, and cosmological prerequisites for the formation of terrestrial planets and life. Dr. Lineweaver earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. 

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