Chemical Evolution across Space and Time: From the Big Bang to Prebiotic Chemistry / Edition 1

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The concept of evolutionary change is a fundamental thread linking the sciences. An evolutionary perspective can provide one framework for unifying and advancing the sciences, and chemistry has made important contributions to our understanding of evolution. Chemists today use principles of evolution and take lessons from chemistry in nature to advance modern chemistry in areas such as agriculture, energy, new materials, and pharmaceuticals. The book explores the evolutionary nature of chemistry and the scientific evidence that supports it, and is a source of ideas for integrating these concepts in chemistry courses. The publication will be of interest to chemists, instructors and students of chemistry, and all others with an interest in the evolution of the universe in which we live.

This volume continues the theme of Chemical Change Across Space and Time: From the Big Bang to Prebiotic Chemistry. This second volume begins with origins of life and culminates with applications of the concept of chemical evolution in modern society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780841274310
  • Publisher: American Chemical Society
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Series: ACS Symposium Series, #981
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Zaikowski is Chemistry Department Chair at Dowling College.

Jon M. Friedrich is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Fordham University.

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Table of Contents

1. The Emergence of Chemical Complexity
PART I: Chemical Evolution in Astrophysics
2. Chemical Origins: Nuclear Chemistry in the Early Universe
3. Origin of the Elements: Nucleosynthesis in Stars
4. Circumstellar Chemistry and Dust from Dead Stars in Meteorites
5. Chemical Evolution in the Interstellar Medium: Feedstock of Solar Systems
6. Identifying Molecules in Space: Exploring Astrochemistry Through High Resolution Spectroscopy
PART II: Geochemical Evolution: Solar System and Earth
7. Chemical Diversity and Abundances across the Solar System
8. Photochemistry in the Early Solar System
9. Lessons from Meteorites
10. Chemistry and Composition of Planetary Atmospheres
11. Hafnium-Tungsten Chronometry of Planetary Accretion and Differentiation
PART III: Prebiotic Chemistry
12. Cosmic Carbon Chemistry
13. Extraterrestrial Organic Chemistry as Recorded in Carbonaceous Chondrites
14. Earth's Early Atmosphere, Biosphere, Lithosphere, and Hydrophere
15. Prebiotic Organic Synthesis in Neutral Planetary Atmosphere
16. The RNA World Scenario for the Origin of Life
17. Systems Chemistry Evolution
PART IV: Teaching Chemical Evolution
18. Science and the Concept of Evolution
19. Online Tools for Understanding Galactic Chemical Evolution
20. Spectroscopy and the Cosmos: Applications in the Chemical Sciences
21. Development of Laboratories for Teaching Chemical Properties using Radio Astronomy
22. Chemistry of Life: Chemical Evolution as a Theme for Teaching Undergraduate Chemistry

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