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16:30 - 17:30 27 November 2015

Active matter, emergence and the stuff of life


Committee Room 1 | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Pranab Das, Professor of Physics, Elon University

This talk will introduce some of the fascinating issues in emergence and present a new and striking example of active matter. Tiny molecular machines perfuse every cell in our bodies. They swarm and wheel, merge and separate. And, in their dance, they appear to facilitate the essential flows of nutrients and information upon which life is based. And, for the first time, we are able to reproduce these molecules in bulk and study them in the laboratory. We will examine the early results of that study and question the implications of such base-level activity for the traditional corpuscular/mechanical view of a world built from passive matter.


William Nicholas
+44 (0)20 7612 6423 | creme@ioe.ac.uk