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Bethe Lecture Series - Public Lecture, Department of Physics

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30pm to 8:45pm

Rockefeller Hall, Schwartz Auditorium
Central Campus

Bethe Public Lecture, Professor William Bialek, Princeton University. 

Title:  More Perfect than We Imagined:  A Physicist's View of Life

Host:  Michelle Wang

Abstract:  Sounds that cause our eardrums to vibrate by less than the diameter of an atom, bacteria that count every single molecule that arrives at their surface, and more: evolution has selected for mechanisms that operate near the limits of what is allowed by the laws of physics. My lecture will tour these beautiful phenomena, from microscopic events inside a developing embryo to our own perception and decision making.  Perhaps, out of its complexity, we will see that life emerges as simpler, and more perfect, than we imagined.

 

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Lecture

Departments

Physics

Website

http://www.physics.cornell.edu/

Contact E-Mail

sfc1@cornell.edu

Contact Name

Sue Sullivan

Contact Phone

607/255-7562

Speaker

Dr. William Bialek

Speaker Affiliation

Princeton University

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