Life and the Cosmos


Understanding the origin and evolution of life in the Universe is a multi-disciplinary problem: from the astrophysics describing the processes giving rise to stars and planets and their environments, the geology, geophysics and atmospheric physics of planets, to the chemistry and biology of organic matter and evolution of living organisms. These different aspects are often studied in relative isolation.

Life and the Cosmos brings together the relevant expertise within the Smithsonian Institution to study and identify cross-disciplinary research of importance to the origin and evolution of life.


Jeremy Drake, Ofer Cohen, David Latham (SSP)