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September 13, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Wayne State University Planetarium | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Science Under the Dome is back for the fall 2017 semester! We have monthly talks lined up for September – December.

Join us Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. for: Life, the universe, and the nanoscale — can physics explain life?

Presented by Peter Hoffmann
Department of Physics & Astronomy

In the late 1940s, Max Delbrück, a pioneer of biophysics, called living cells “magic puzzle boxes.” Since then, not much has changed in the popular imagination about life: With their purposeful pursuit of growth and regeneration, living cells and organisms are profoundly different from non-living matter, such as rocks or stars. Is there some special ingredient that lifts life beyond mere physics? Or can physics explain the “magic” after all? How does life fit into the story of our universe? In this talk, we will marshal recent scientific progress to see how the physics of the nanoscale can solve the ancient puzzle of “what is life?”.

For more information about this event, please contact Ed Cackett at 313-577-9355 or