This lecture will explore the contribution that physics can make to the
understanding of living things.
Physicists can play an important part in establishing the essential
characteristics of life as demonstrated by the influence that Schroedinger's book "What is Life?" (1944) has had on generations of physicists.
Thermodynamics leads us to expect increasing disorder but living organisms clearly generate more order. How much could quantum mechanics help explain this conundrum?
Prof. Weightman will make some speculations to illuminate how quantum mechanics may play a non-trivial role in the physics of life.
Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm