Einstein famously said, “God does not play dice with the universe.” But could games have anything to do with the origins of life on Earth? At the Kiggins Theater‘s next Science on Tap—”Game Theory, Cooperation, and the Theory of Life”—Dr. Niles Lehman, professor of chemistry at Portland State University, will introduce the concept of game theory and make a connection between game theory’s principles and how life may have arisen on the Earth some four billion years ago. Surprisingly there may be a link between strategies that “players” use when in competitions, and the strategies that molecules use to behave in a life-like fashion. This evening of science, beer, facts (actual, not alternative) and fun will begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1. (Please note: this is one week earlier that usual; Science on Tap is normally held on the second Wednesday of the month.)
Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series at the Kiggins Theatre, offered in partnership with Via Productions and Washington State University Vancouver. The doors open at 6 p.m. so you can find a seat and purchase yummy refreshments: beer, wine, soda, pizza, and theater-style popcorn and candy. Tickets are $8 in advance (click here to purchase online) or $10 suggested donation at the door. Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of a few dollars. Come anyway and donate what you can! Buying a ticket in advance merely confirms that you will have a seat at the event.