Paid Post: Since the birth of coinage in 7th century BCE, the discovery of natural silver deposits has prompted the rise and fall of empires. New measurements of silver allow us to trace the routes of money through history and help us to answer the million-dollar question: What is money?

Professor Francis Albarède, the inaugural recipient of the Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences, pioneered the use of unconventional stable isotopes as markers of natural processes and has recently explored applications of isotopic tracers to archeology, history, biology and medicine.

His free public lecture, “How Silver Became Money,” will explore the history of money from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the White Auditorium, Kellogg Global Hub, 2211 Campus Drive, Evanston.

After the lecture, refreshments will be available and Dr. Albarède will take questions from the audience.

No registration required but sign up is appreciated:

The Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences is made possible by a generous gift to Northwestern University by the late Erwin and Frederic Esser Nemmers.

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