Life is just a kind of chemistry, of sufficient complexity to permit reproduction and evolution.—Carl Sagan
To prepare for next Monday’s class, please read chapter 2 of the textbook you’ve chosen for our course. There will be a short quiz on this material during class.
If you’re using E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth, just read chapter 2 up to section 2.3.
Your textbook may have more detail than we will consider together this semester, so once again, please use the key terms as a way to focus your reading efforts on the essential concepts of this part of the course.
If you’d like to find out more about the structure of atoms and where the ones that make up our world (or at least their nuclei) came from, check out this episode of PBS Space Time.