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How Molecular Forces and Rotating Planets Create Life: The Emergence and Evolution of Prokaryotic Cells

Authors: Spitzer, Jan
Publisher: MIT Press
BISAC/Subject: SCI017000, SCI027000, SCI008000
ISBN: 9780262362597, Related ISBNs: 0262045575, 0262362597, 9780262045575, 9780262362597
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 248,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A reconceptualization of origins research that exploits a modern understanding of non-covalent molecular forces that stabilize living prokaryotic cells.

Scientific research into the origins of life remains exploratory and speculative. Science has no definitive answer to the biggest questions--"What is life?" and "How did life begin on earth?" In this book, Jan Spitzer reconceptualizes origins research by exploiting a modern understanding of non-covalent molecular forces and covalent bond formation--a physicochemical approach propounded originally by Linus Pauling and Max Delbrück. Spitzer develops the Pauling-Delbrück premise as a physicochemical jigsaw puzzle that identifies key stages in life's emergence, from the formation of first oceans, tidal sediments, and proto-biofilms to progenotes, proto-cells and the first cellular organisms.
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