A collection of open lectures that can help us better-understand our neighbors, our society, our planet, our galaxy, and the Universe.
Monday, January 28, 2013
The Origin of the Elements
The world around us is made of atoms. Did you ever wonder where these atoms came from? How was the gold in our jewelry, the carbon in our bodies, and the iron in our cars made? In this lecture, we will trace the origin of a gold atom from the Big Bang to the present day, and beyond. You will learn how the elements were forged in the nuclear furnaces inside stars, and how, when they die, these massive stars spread the elements into space. You will learn about the origin of the building blocks of matter in the Big Bang, and we will speculate on the future of the atoms around us today.
About the Lecturer
Dr. Edward M. Murphy is Associate Professor, General Faculty at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.