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Neoplatonists on ‘spontaneous’ generation

James Wilberding

in Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199693719
eISBN:
9780191739019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693719.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Ancient philosophers generally accepted that there were many cases of living things coming to exist without having been generated by others of their kind. Aristotle famously labelled this phenomenon ... More


Randomness and Complexity

Steven E. Vigdor

in Signatures of the Artist: The Vital Imperfections That Make Our Universe Habitable

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198814825
eISBN:
9780191852954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814825.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Chapter 7 describes the fundamental role of randomness in quantum mechanics, in generating the first biomolecules, and in biological evolution. Experiments testing the Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen paradox ... More


Pyrite and the Origins of Life

David Rickard

in Pyrite: A Natural History of Fool's Gold

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190203672
eISBN:
9780197559482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190203672.003.0013
Subject:
Chemistry, Mineralogy and Gems

If you have been reading this book since the beginning, you will not be surprised by now to find that you have come across a chapter documenting the involvement of pyrite in the origin of life. ... More


Defining Life and Death

Gary C. Howard

in The Biology of Death: How Dying Shapes Cells, Organisms, and Populations

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780190687724
eISBN:
9780197601433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687724.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The difference between life and death is not as simple as it might seem, and defining these two terms has thwarted many excellent scientists. Our definitions of life and death have changed radically ... More


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