There are many challenging questions about where, when, and how primordial life began, issues Darwin and many followers simply set aside. But not all of them. Professor Garret offers us a lively tour of efforts to tackle the deep story of the origins of life. He’ll start with early experiments, some successful, in synthesizing complex organic materials from inorganic chemicals, and bring us up to our own times, when astrobiology begins to seem less like science fiction. Consider that meteorite in West Australia, discovered in 1969, older than our planet, yet, as one scientist declared in astonishment: “It positively stinks of life.” So just how did the Big Bang variegate through billions of years to become—US? Here’s a captivating mystery worth our attention.