Why Isn't God Ambidextrous?: Chirality in Nature and the Role it Plays in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
Until 1957, scientists thought that the fundamental laws of Nature must be the same whether they were applied to our Universe or the Universe that is a mirror reflection of our own. The implications of the discovery that this is not true - essentially that Nature is "handed" - will be discussed. Some interesting applications of handedness, or "chirality" in agriculture, biology, chemistry, and physics will be presented. I will also talk about some new physics experiments on chirality that may shed light on how life began on this planet.