Origins of life

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 33–38 | Cite as

A model for a non-chemical form of life: Crystalline physiology

  • Jean Schneider


A definition of fundamental living units is given according to which they are constituted by the material support of some ‘memory’ the latter is required
  • - to be stable,

  • - to contain rich information,

  • - to diffuse it into the surrounding medium.

It is then shown that the complex dislocation networks encountered in crystals can in some cases follow these criteria and lead to a crystalline physiology. The places of possible occurrence in nature of this kind of physiology, terrestrial and extraterrestrial rocks, interplanetary dust, white dwarfs and neutron stars are then discussed.


Dust Organic Chemistry Geochemistry Neutron Star Material Support 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.Observatoire de MeudonGroupe d'Astrophysique RelativisteMeudonFrance

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