What is life? How did life emerge? How could one create conditions in the lab for something life-like to arise from chemistry and physics? This talk will take baby steps toward addressing these questions. At the same time, we will attempt during our lunch-time excursion to link:
(i) a key difference between home-made and store-bought cookies,
(ii) target-guided single-pot combinatorial synthesis and selection for novel therapeutic discovery, and
(iii) how to avoid scientific jargon.