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Behind the Book: Paul Nurse - "What is the Meaning of Life?"

Monday, May 10, 2021
12:00pm to 1:15pm
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"I intend to live forever, or die trying," said Groucho Marx. Distinguishing between life and its end may be easy for comedians, even immortal ones. But the task has proven surprisingly hard for biologists, who know too much about nature's bewildering diversity. Modern science, for all its breakthroughs, has yet to produce a standard definition for life.

What does it mean to be alive—and how have our answers to that question evolved over time? What roles do cells, genes, evolution, chemistry, and information play in determining life? And what does it really mean to create and protect life in our age of apocalypse and artificial intelligence?

Sir Paul Nurse—Nobel Laureate, director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, and author, most recently, of What Is Life?—visits Zócalo to discuss the search for the meaning of life.

The event will be moderated by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Bren Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at Caltech.

This is a free event co-presented with Zócalo Public Square, but reservations are required.


For more information, please contact Caltech Public Programming by email at [email protected].