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Chemical Evolution By Stephen F. Mason

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This text takes chemistry as the central science of all materials - inorganic and organic - at the molecular level, and brings together both aspects in an account of the development of ideas of chemical evolution.
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Chemical Evolution: Origin of the Elements, Molecules and Living Systems by Stephen F. Mason

Recent accounts of the chemical history of the universe have tended to emphasize either the inorganic or the organic aspects of chemical evolution, looking, for example, at the nucleosynthesis of the chemical elements on the one hand, or the origin and development of living organisms on the other. This book takes chemistry as the central science of all materials - inorganic and organic - at the molecular level, and brings together both aspects in a clear account of the development of ideas of chemical evolution. This survey covers the generation of the light chemical elements in the "Big Bang", their transformation into heavier elements in the stars, the origin of the solar system, and the molecular evolution of minerals and organisms on the earth. Spanning the range from nuclear chemistry and radioactivity, through mineral and organic chemistry, to biochemistry and molecular biology, it adopts a historical approach to show how recent research has modified and extended earlier conclusions and conjectures.

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Table of Contents


Introduction; The chemical elements in nineteenth-century science; Atomic dissociation and transmutation; The age and abundance of the elements; Stellar nucleosynthesis; The interstellar medium; The solar system; Meteorite and comet constitutions; The Earth and its formation; The evolution of the Earth; The energetics of living systems; Organic replication and genaology; Prebiotic chemistry; Biomolecular handedness, Bibliography; Subject index; Author index.

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GOR001831790
Chemical Evolution: Origin of the Elements, Molecules and Living Systems by Stephen F. Mason
Stephen F. Mason
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1992-11-05
330
0198557434
9780198557432
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