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Readership: All scientists active in chemistry, biology, and the earth and environmental sciences, especially biochemists.
R. J. P. Williams, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford, and J. J. R. Fraústo da Silva, Instituto Superio Technico, Lisbon
"'...not only is this book a wealth of information in itself, but its extensive reading list ensures that interested readers can take things further.It is excellently illustrated....This is a beautifully produced gem of a book that weaves together geology,biology,chemistry,physics and philosophy into a story that will be appreciated by anyone remotely interested in the ultimate question of life the universe and everything' Chemistry In Britain"
"'demonstates how chemical changes in the environment enabled evolution to occur and shows the relationship between living organisms, including man and the world of chemicals' Sciences de la vie"
Units of Energy and Work and the Values of Some Physical Constants
1: The Development of Man's Ideas Concerning Nature
2: Forces and Related Energies
3: Electrons in Atoms and their Energetics
4: Ordering and Stability of Atom and Component Associations
5: The Balance Between Order and Disorder
6: Dilute Solutions and Order-Disorder Balance
7: Systems with Boundaries: Compartments
8: Change and Its Control
9: The Evolution of Earth
10: The Principles of the Chemistry of Living Systems
11: Early Life: Anaerobic Prokaryotes
12: The Development of Anaerobic Organisation: From Prokaryotes to Eukaryotes
13: The Coming of Dioxygen: Unicellular Organisms
14: The Coming of Multicellular Organisms
15: The Evolution of Man and His Chemistry
16: Survey and Conclusions