Thermodynamic Origin of Life

  title={Thermodynamic Origin of Life},
  author={K. Michaelian},
  • K. Michaelian
  • Published 2009
  • Physics, Biology
  • Understanding the thermodynamic function of life may shed light on its origin. Life, as are all irreversible pr ocesses, is contingent on entropy production. Entropy production is a measure of the rate of the tendency of Nature to explore available microstates. The most important irreversible process generating entropy in the biosphere and, thus, facilitating this exploration, is the absorption and transformation of sunlight into heat. Here we hypothesize that life began, and persists today, as… CONTINUE READING
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