Oral Presentation Astronomical Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting including HWWS 2013

The Birth, Life and Death of our Planet......and of the Universe (#35)

Charley Lineweaver 1
  1. Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

People, planets, stars and even universes are born, they live for a while and then die.  I will review what we know about the origin of the earth and the origin of the life on it -- the coming extinction of this life and the death of the Earth and Sun. The second law of thermodynamics is relevant to the birth and death of the universe. I will try to explain why.  The main goal of the lecture is to paint a picture of how we got here and how we fit into the universe.