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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: The Story of the Elements
How we arrived at the modern Universe from the beginnings of time and the big bang is remarkable; a remarkable balance between science and fate where conditions appear to require a fine tuning of the laws of nature and circumstance. Though many elements of the story are well understood, there are some missing pieces. This talk will provide a version of the historic developments together with some of the scientific challenges which lie on the path to understanding the formation of elements, the world around us and life as we know it.