Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Entropy and the Origin of Life
Many people are intimidated by the argument that, even if spontaneous generation of life on earth is extremely unlikely, infinite amounts of space and time make life occurring by chance, certain. However, the thermodynamic criteria for spontaneous processes can be used to refute this argument. In this presentation the concepts of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics will be described, and used to show that the availability of more time and space actually makes a spontaneous generation of life less likely. Simple examples of these principles from everyday experiences will remind you of how only God can create and preserve life. Such considerations should give us a greater appreciation for the relevance of scripture to our daily lives.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School Cafeteria
330 N. Glenview Avenue, Milwaukee, 53213
(84th. and Bluemound Road)
If entering the high school from the parking lot, use the south-east entrance.
If you park on the street, use the front entrance.
Biography: Dr. Bruce Holman received his PhD. from Northwestern University in Organic Chemistry, and has pursued an active research career on a wide range of physical and organic chemical problems resulting in several publications in peer reviewed journals and 3 granted patents. He was asked to establish the chemistry department at Wisconsin Lutheran College in 1985 and taught all undergraduate chemistry courses as well as many math and physics courses during his 8 years as professor at WLC. He has taught Organic and Biochemistry as an adjunct professor at Carroll University and Concordia University Mequon, and recently conducted research as an associate at Marquette University in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance technology. Dr. Holman is currently executive director of the Lutheran Science Institute, and is a member of St. Marcus Lutheran congregation in Milwaukee.