Journals Higher Education



Published: 24 February 2000

576 Pages | 281 line illus

ISBN: 9780198505464

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Bringing Chemistry to Life

From Matter to Man

R. J. P. Williams and J. J. R. Fraústo da Silva

This book describes the long journey from formless inanimate matter to the arrival of life as we know it, explaining the nature and the logic of the physical-chemical processes involved. It stresses the limitations of reductionist analyses of these processes as complexity increases and novel properties emerge. And, in particular, the authors develop the idea that it was chemical change of the environment that allowed evolution of life to occur and that this evolution required successive addition of new message systems and information codes that work cooperatively with earlier systems.


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