A World from Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life

Natural history is not one random thing after another, but it is a flowing, surprising narrative. The world is not a happenstance to be overcome but a gift to be unpacked.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://biologos.org/blogs/kathryn-applegate-endless-forms-most-beautiful/a-world-from-dust-how-the-periodic-table-shaped-life-2

I have never heard such poetic language used to describe chemistry. Chemistry was not my favorite high school subject, but this article almost makes me want to have been a chemist. I get the idea that the"random" processes discussed in evolution are not really so much random as that they are the results of the laws of chemistry. I like the idea that an understanding of the world as we see it requires an understanding of all of the sciences and how they interrelate.

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