What Is Life? #3: From Frankenstein to a Laboratory Flask

What Is Life?” is an eight-episode podcast series recorded in front of a live audience. (Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, via RSS, etc.)

In this episode, I spoke to H. James Cleaves, a professor at the Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo and co-author of A Brief History of Creation: Science and the Search for the Origin of Life. Today, the origin of life is a scientific question that researchers around the world are trying to answer. But, as Cleaves explains, virtually no one thought of this particular question 200 years ago. It took some visionaries — including Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein — to shift our view of life to something that could arise through natural processes.

Cleaves at ELSI
A Brief History of Creation

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What Is Life? was recorded in front of a live audience at Caveat in New York and is supported by a grant from Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative. Artwork by Caryn Audenried.

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