From the Big Bang to the Biosphere


Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Wednesdays, January 30; February *20 & 27; March 6 , *20 & 27, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (*Note:no class scheduled March 13th)
Instructor:William Garrett, Ph.D., professor emeritus of philosophy & religion, JFKU
Location: Concord Campus


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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.


Event Details

Date: 2019-01-30

Start time: 01:30 p.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord