Friday, 27 February 2009

Astrobiology and the Origins of Life

In this lecture, Prof.David Beamer, introduces the subject of Astrobiology to new university students and talks about the chemistry of stars and the interstellar medium, how heavier elements form in the stars and get scattered in space when these end their life-cycles. Beyond the astronomy, a large part of the lecture is about the chemistry of life and the necessary ingredients for it's emergence.