The Hierarchy of Living Things
The chain from atoms to organisms in Fig. 1.1 consists of a number of clearly distinguishable systems. The complexity increases with increasing number of atoms. At the present time it is impossible to predict the behavior of an organism starting from the individual properties of the atoms. An understanding can only be reached by breaking the chain in pieces and studying, for instance, how the properties of biomolecules depend on the properties of its building blocks.
KeywordsPhase Transition Living System Medical Physic Individual Property Diatomic Molecule
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