The Probable Infinity Of Nature And Life; Three Essays

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byWilliam Emerson Ritter

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...the atoms in living substance, would it not be a reasonable hypothesis to say that the nature of that marvelous process called metabolism is due to just the fact that the atoms of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, etc., are undergoing perpetual change of valence?"10 Although some of the ideas set forth in the essay containing this sentence have been favorably commented upon by sev 10 Life from the Biologist's Standpoint, p. 185. eral biologists, the question here raised has received no attention so far as I know. I am now going to state the suggestion somewhat differently and adopt it outright as my "working hypothesis" as to the real nature of the material of which living beings are composed. Accepting the dictionary definition of valency as " a single unit of combining capacity," the hypothesis as now stated is that the combining units being the smallest particles of the various substances that act as units in any given compound, the compounds known to us as organic, as long as they are actually living have this attribute in virtue of the fact that the particles or units are perpetually undergoing, at minute intervals, dissolutions and re-combinations in slightly different form and on somewhat different energy-levels. I avoid the terms "atom," "molecule," and "chemical," in connection with the terms "substance," "compound," and "units," in order to emphasize the fact that although the hypothesis has chemical implications of a very fundamental character, it is not primarily a chemical hypothesis.11 Not being a chemist, I would not be n Were the statement to be put into chemical language it would undoubtedly express the conception that the dissolution and recombination of particles is not limited by the atoms of the chemistry of a few...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...the atoms in living substance, would it not be a reasonable hypothesis to say that the nature of that marvelous...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217605613

ISBN - 13:9780217605618

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