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SFI: Laws Of Life, Time And Chance March 26

on March 21, 2019 - 1:35pm
Balint Alovits: Time Machine no.10. 2016. Budapest. Courtesy photo
LPAC News:
SFI Community Event, Laws of Life, Time and Chance, with Srividya Iyer-Biswas is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM.
We all intuitively understand what is alive and what is not. Equally intuitively, we know that time flows forward and the past is distinct from the future. Yet, casting these ideas into a predictive mathematical framework and applying it to understand the unique science of living things has been extraordinarily challenging.
We now know that the appropriate language for exploring these questions is the mathematics of chance. In other contexts, such as investment strategies which account for fluctuating stock values, we have had success in using the rules of chance to make profitable predictions. Can we do the same to better understand the laws of life and time?
Using rapid, iterative feedback between theory and experiments, Srividya Iyer-Biswas works to discover the basic physical laws that govern the probabilistic behavior of single cells, and that transcend details of specific biological systems. Her research uses a top-down physics approach, rather than more traditional approaches that focus on the cartography of genetic networks and on molecular details. Iyer-Biswas and her team have reported predictive scaling laws governing the stochastic growth and division of cells, and have developed a theory that reveals the emergence of a scalable, cellular unit of time.
Her current work involves extending these results to thermodynamics of organismal computation, time-dependent phenomena involving cellular decision-making, and laws that dictate complex biological and social phenomena. Iyer-Biswas began her career as a theoretical physicist, then transitioned to experimental biophysics as a post-doc at Princeton University and the University of Chicago. Through her interdisciplinary work – combining theory and application, and spanning physics and biology – her goal is to ultimately advance the fundamental physics of living systems. Iyer-Biswas was named a 2017 Scialog Fellow for Molecules Come to Life, and has lectured at the University of Chicago and the q-bio Summer School in Colorado.
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Reserve your free tickets through The Lensic Box Office online or call 505.988.1234. Santa Fe residents are encouraged to attend in person. Those unable to attend can stream the lecture from Twitter and our YouTube page.

This 2019 Lecture Series is presented at no cost to the Santa Fe public by the Santa Fe Institute, with additional support provided by The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Reporter.