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World from Dust : How the Periodic Table Shaped Life (Hardcover) (Ben Mcfarland)

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A World From Dust describes how a set of chemical rules combined with the principles of evolution in order to create an environment in which life as we know it could unfold. Beginning with simple mathematics, these predictable rules led to the advent of the planet itself, as well as cells, organs and organelles, ecosystems, and increasingly complex life forms. McFarland provides an accessible discussion of a geological history as well, describing how the inorganic matter on Earth underwent chemical reactions with air and water, allowing for life to emerge from the world's first rocks. He traces the history of life all the way to modern neuroscience, and shows how the bioelectric signals that make up the human brain were formed. Most popular science books on the topic present either the physics of how the universe formed, or the biology of how complex life came about; this book's approach would be novel in that it condenses in an engaging way the chemistry that links the two fields. This book is an accessible and multidisciplinary look at how life on our planet came to be, and how it continues to develop and change even today.
Number of Pages: 333
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Chemistry / Physical + Theoretical, Life Sciences / Evolution
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Ben Mcfarland
Language: English
Street Date: April 4, 2016
TCIN: 50813471
UPC: 9780190275013
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-6039
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