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ProtocellsBridging Nonliving and Living Matter$
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Steen Rasmussen, Mark A. Bedau, Liaohai Chen, David Deamer, David C. Krakauer, Norman H. Packard, and Peter F. Stadler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182683

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182683.001.0001

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Energetics, Energy Flow, and Scaling in Life

Energetics, Energy Flow, and Scaling in Life

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(p.461) 21 Energetics, Energy Flow, and Scaling in Life
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Protocells
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William H. Woodruff

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262182683.003.0021

This chapter gives an overview of the origin of life, with particular attention to transition from ergodicity to contingency. It also considers physical insights from dynamical self-organization in reversible thermal systems that serve as a model for the emergence of order in a primordial chemical reaction network. The implications of the design of artificial protocells are also examined.

Keywords:   ergodicity, contingency, thermal systems, primordial chemical reaction network, artificial protocells

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