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Frontiers in Science Lectures

The Frontiers in Science lecture series are a public service of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows. Fellows are appointed by the Laboratory Director in recognition of sustained outstanding contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. All lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

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Gold: from the Big Bang to the Amazon forest

Terry Wallace, Los Alamos Laboratory director emeritus

Terry WallaceMinerals are the planet’s DNA, containing the fragments of the Earth’s complex history from its formation nearly 4.6 billion years ago to the rise of life. Gold is one of the most fascinating of the 4,500 mineral species on Earth, and no mineral (or metal) evokes more emotion. But it also has an incredible scientific story: a gold nugget is made of material that was not born in our planet or even our solar system.

Join Laboratory director emeritus Terry Wallace as he explores the beauty of the cosmic and tectonic journey that gold has taken, and the spell it has cast over humankind.

Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
1701 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque

Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Santa Fe Community College (Jemez Rooms)
6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe

Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Duane Smith Auditorium
1300 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos