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The bulletin of mathematical biophysics

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 165–169 | Cite as

On the origin of life

  • N. Rashevsky
Article

Abstract

On the basis of the recently proposed new fundamental equation of mathematical biophysics, a suggestion is made for a theory of the formation of a primitive cell from nonliving material. The discussion includes a suggestion for a quantitative formulation of the degree of biological organization. It is shown that according to the fundamental equation of mathematical biophysics, organization of the nonliving material may spontaneously increase under certain conditions, leading to a formation of a primitive organism. This process however, is a very slow one, requiring time intervals of several years or even decades. This may account for the failure in observing or artificially producing spontaneous generation.

Keywords

Biophysics Volume Fundamental Equation Constituent Material Primitive Cell Biological Organization 
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Literature

  1. Rashevsky, N. 1943a. “Outline of a New Mathematical Approach to General Biology: I.”Bull. Math. Biophysics,5, 33–47.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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© The University of Chicago Press 1943

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Rashevsky
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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