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The Natural Selection of the Chemical Elements: The Environment and Life's Chemistry

By: RJP Williams and JJR Fraústro de Silva

646 pages, Figs, tabs

Clarendon Press

Paperback | May 1997 | #75843 | ISBN: 0198558422
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Hardback | Dec 1996 | #48411 | ISBN: 0198558430
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Study of the intimate relationship between the inanimate environment and living organisms, arguing that the evolution of both has been interactive and interdependent.

From the cloth edition: Chemistry is a wonderful subject.The Natural Selection of the Chemical Elements is a wonderful book ... The result is a tour de force, a major textbook of general chemistry ... remininscent of Pauling's The Nature of the Chemical Bond. Nature


1. The development of man's ideas concerning nature; 2. Order in chemical systems: Elements and their combinations; 3. The balance between order and disorder; 4. Phase equilibria; 5. Equilibria in dilute solutions in water; 6. Limited phases, fields and compartments; 7. Evolution of kinetic control and of organisation; 8. The evolution of inorganic chemicals on Earth; 9. The evolution of organic compounds; 10. Early biological chemistry: The uptake and incorporation of elements in anaerobic organisms; 11. Early cellular organisation in anaerobes; 12. The structure and chemistry of organisms after the advent of dioxygen; 13. Organisation in advanced organisms; 14. Man's selection of the chemical elements; 15. Element cycles and their evolution; 16. The evolving natural selection of the chemical elements and the senses; Index

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