|Growth of Entropy?
Friday, November 3, 2:10-3:00 p.m, CUE 203
The Ultimate Epistemology: Our Origins, Big Bang to Last Tuesday
I will review the origin of matter starting with the nucleosynthesis
of light elements in the first three minutes of the big bang. Star
formation and death led to more nucleosynthesis and enrichment of the
primordial gas by stellar mass loss, sometimes quiescent and
sometimes violent. I will sketch the basics of galactic chemical
evolution and star formation. I will discuss planet formation
with reference to equilibrium condensation theory and the dynamical
evolution of the solar system. Finally, I will sketch the history of
life on Earth and the taxonomic branchings that led to humans. Given
the broad scope of the talk, it will be very much an overview!