What is life?

Sean McMahon

Thursday, October 17 2013 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Sean McMahon

What's the talk about?

What is life? How did it begin on the Earth? How is it distributed in space and time? How does it change over geological time, and how inevitable are those changes? What alternative forms of life might be possible? What does the future hold for life on Earth?

These are among the central questions of astrobiology, the study of life in a cosmological context. In this talk, we’ll explore what we know - and what we don’t know - in this exciting field of science. We’ll also ask what the expansion of human activity in space over coming decades will mean for science and technology, from astrobiology to geology, engineering and medicine.

Sean McMahon is a PhD student in Astrobiology at the University of Aberdeen and has just completed an internship at NASA.