Why Isn't God Ambidextrous?: Chirality in Nature and the Role it Plays in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

Tim Gay (Hosted by Kelton/Ogilvie), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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.