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(From left) Director of IISc. P. Balaram, trustee of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Y.K. Alagh, scientist C.N.R. Rao and professor Richard N. Zare at a lecture at IISc. in Bangalore on Sunday.
(From left) Director of IISc. P. Balaram, trustee of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Y.K. Alagh, scientist C.N.R. Rao and professor Richard N. Zare at a lecture at IISc. in Bangalore on Sunday.

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Richard N. Zare delivers the 13th Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Lecture

Bangalore: The most profound question ever asked by the human mind is on the origin of human life, and yet, our knowledge on it is “nearly nothing”, Richard N. Zare, Professor of Natural Science, Stanford University, has said.

Dr. Zare was delivering the 13th Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Lecture on “What can a chemist tell you about the origin of life?” at the Indian Institute of Science here on Sunday.

Hoped

He hoped that the 21st Century would be able to throw more light on the question. He quoted a verse from the Rig Veda on the mystique of creation which asks: “Who really knows and who can swear/ How creation came when and where.”

Dr. Zare went on to look at various theories on the origin of life, particularly the one that argues that life started in the weathered granite reefs near hydrothermal vents (a fissure in a planet’s surface from which geo-thermally heated water issues) using organics from earth and space.

Emphasising the importance of science education, he said that the former Prime Minister the late Rajiv Gandhi was a great promoter of science.

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