Relational Biology and the Origin of Life

  • Robert Rosen


The science of biology rests upon the fact that we perceive the sharpest possible distinction between organisms and inanimate systems. Perhaps the basic task of biology is to isolate and characterize the nature of this distinction; to determine why certain systems are living and others are not.


Physical Realization Biological Organization Metabolic Machinery Physicochemical System Relational Biology 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Rosen
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  1. 1.Department of Physiology and BiophysicsDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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