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The Narrower General Conditions: Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Chemistry—We Can’t Live Without Them

  • Ulrich C. Schreiber
  • Christian Mayer
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Abstract

The elements which are the main representatives for the development of life are carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and the subordinate sulfur. All of these elements were available in large quantities right from the start. Phosphorus was only made available by meteorites and minerals from the earth’s crust in special circumstances. Reactions that take place between the molecules are subject to various laws of chemistry. Dynamic equilibria, which are accelerated by catalysts, are crucial for subsequent reactions. Besides dilution effects, the increase in entropy and the chirality of the molecules are important factors in organic chemistry.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich C. Schreiber
    • 1
  • Christian Mayer
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty for BiologyUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty for ChemistryUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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