Origins of Life, Meaning and the Universe

Stephen Schnetzer (Physics and Astronomy)

This seminar will be on the nature and meaning of a scientific understanding of the world. The primary text will be The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning and the Universe Itself by Sean Carrol. We will also discuss writings by Lenny Susskind, Roger Penrose, Steven Weinberg, David Deutsch and others. The seminar will be wide ranging touching on: fundamental physics, cosmology, the origin and evolution of life, quantum information and consciousness. The focus will be on what we know and how we know it. The discussions will be serious but a math background is not required.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 62 index 11994