Periodic Tables Unifying Living Organisms at the Molecular Level: The Predictive Power of the Law of Periodicity
Authors : Antonio Lima-de-Faria (Lund University, Sweden)
Publisher : World Scientific
ISBN : 978-981-3227-00-2
The periodicity of the chemical elements is well known from its iconic Table. Significantly, this periodicity can now be seen to extend to the properties of living organisms. Biological properties as different as: flight, vision, luminescence and regeneration, as well as others, show unexpectedly periodic emergence. They resurface, without previous announcement, in most unrelated plant and animal families and they emerge irrespective of whether the organism is a simple invertebrate or a most complex mammal.
Moreover, this periodicity does not necessarily start at the cell or DNA levels but appears initially in crystals and minerals, where it is shown to be a pure atomic and electronic process, e.g. in luminescence and regeneration.
The assembled molecular evidence led to the construction of Periodic Tables of living organisms, placing them in a position comparable to the periodicity of the chemical elements. Surprisingly, there are striking resemblances between the periodicities of the chemical elements and those of living organisms. In addition, the two types of Tables increase our insight into the events directing atomic evolution since the periodic law established in chemical elements turns out to be applicable to the periodicity of living organisms. The new Periodic Tables introduce a predictive capacity in biological evolution that before was hardly contemplated.
Eric Scerri, from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California University, Los Angeles, who is the Author of the book "The Periodic Table. Its Story and its Significance", Oxford University Press, stated in an e-mail that "Professor Lima-de-Faria's book is wonderful and a pioneering work".
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