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The Webfooted Astronomer - January 2000


UW Faculty Lecture Features Bruce Margon on Cosmic Recylcing

To paraphrase an old car ad, "This is not your father's universe." Well, actually it is—he just didn't know it.

Scientists today understand the universe in a very different way than they did 50 years ago. They understand the origin of every atom, something that Bruce Margon, a University of Washington Astronomy Department professor, regards as "a fundamental intellectual triumph."

"It's neat because it makes people realize we’re living in a special time. A generation ago, no one knew how all the atoms were made, but now we do." What's more, those atoms all have been recycled several times over. The bottom line, Margon says, is that we are made of stars.

And that will be his topic as he delivers the 24th annual UW Faculty Lecture on Tuesday, January 25, 2000. The free public lecture, titled "Cosmic Recycling: We Are Made of Stars," also the first of three UW Science Forum public lectures, is at 7:30 p.m. in room 130 of Kane Hall on the UW campus, followed by a reception in the Walker-Ames Room of Kane Hall. No reservations are necessary, and parking information for visitors is available.

"How many of us realize," Margon said, "that astronomy is so directly related to everything we see, everything we touch and everything we are?" For more information, contact Margon by email:

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