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Why Isn't God Ambidextrous?

Friday, January 24, 2014
3:30 PM
Olin 114

Professor Timothy Gay, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, presents a talk on chirality (“handedness”) in nature.

Abstract: Until 1957, scientists thought that the fundamental laws of Nature must be the same whether they were applied to our Universe or the Universe that is a mirror reflection of our own. The implications of the discovery that this is not true – essentially that Nature is “handed” – will be discussed. Some interesting applications of handedness, or “chirality” in agriculture, biology, chemistry, and physics will be presented. I will also talk about some new physics experiments on chirality that may shed light on how life began on this planet.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014