Life is Physical
Speaker: Timothy McKay, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics (UM Physics)


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  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 10/01/2011
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Location: 170 & 182 Dennison Building

  • Description: The divide between living and not has long seemed unbridgeable, enshrined in disciplinary distinctions between the physical and life sciences. These boundaries are gone – it is now clear that life is a set of remarkable physical processes, not a separate domain of science subject to unique rules. This realization changes the way we teach physics to students interested in studying life. In this talk, I will give examples of how we help students to recognize the essential role physics plays in understanding life and its diversity.