Lecture: “The Science of the Origin of Life”

  • September 05, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Oak Park Place, 618 Jupiter Drive, Madison, WI 53718


  • Free and Open to the Public
    No registration is required.

    Cookies, coffee and lemonade will be served, compliments of the PLATO Special Events Committee.

Questions? Aleta Murray, a-murray@sbcglobal.net or 608 276-8531.

FREE open to the general public. 

Registration is not required.

Light Refreshments will be served, compliments of the PLATO Special Events Committee

Lecture:  “The Science of the Origin of Life”.

Nearly four billion years ago the first forms of life began to appear on the earth. Did life

emerge spontaneously from the primordial soup found in puddles on the cooling earth

surface? Did life arise somewhere else in the Universe and come to the earth via


For more than fifty years scientists have tried to recreate the conditions of the early earth

in their laboratories and found that the basic building blocks of life can be formed

through random interactions of simple compounds likely found on the early earth. This

gives rise to the larger question – how did these simple building blocks assemble

themselves into the complex structures required for cells to function? Although most

scientists assume that nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) played essential roles in the

formation of the earliest life, Dr. David Baum (UW Madison) and others believe that

primitive forms of life might have existed without nucleic acids. Although each year

important discoveries are made in this field, many fundamental questions about how life

began remain unanswered.

Speaker: Dr. William Eisinger

Dr. William Eisinger is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Santa Clara University. While he was a graduate student he was introduced to origin of life studies by Dr. Sidney Fox a pioneer in the field and at Santa Clara University worked with Dr. H. P. Klein and other scientists from NASA Ames

Location & Parking Instructions: 

The lecture will be held at Oak Park Place, 718 Jupiter Dr, Madison, WI 53718-2950. 

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There is street parking in front of the building.  Additional parking can be found behind Oak Park Place.

Questions?   Contact information: 

Aleta Murray, a-murray@sbcglobal.net  or 608 276-8531.


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