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On the Origin of the Living State


Abstract The origin of Life on Earth is the greatest unsolved mystery in the history of science. In spite of progress in almost every scientific endeavor, we still have no clear theory, model, or framework to understand the processes that led to the emergence of life on Earth. Understanding such a processes would provide key insights into astrobiology, planetary science, geochemistry, evolutionary biology, physics, and philosophy. To date, most research on the origin of life has focused on characterizing and synthesizing the molecular building blocks of living systems. This bottom-up approach assumes that living systems are characterized by their component parts, however many of the essential features of life are system level properties which only m... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Mathis, Nicholas (Author) / Walker, Sara I (Advisor) / Davies, Paul CW (Committee member) / Chamberlin, Ralph V (Committee member) / Lachmann, Michael (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Physics / Computational physics / Biology / Astrobiology / Complex Systems / Origin Of Life / Prebiotic Chemistry / Systems Chemistry
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 127 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Physics 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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