As a chemist, I wanted to ask myself the question frustrated by biology: What is the minimal unit of matter that can undergo Darwinian evolution?

Lee Cronin

Quotation #56732

About This Quote


Source: "Making Matter Come Alive." TEDGLobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from chemist Lee Cronin's 2011 TED Talk about the possibility of transforming inorganic, or dead, matter into living matter. The quote means that biology, as we understand it, does not directly answer the question of what is the smallest unit that can evolve, i.e., what is the smallest form of life. Watch the full TED Talk here: Lee Cronin - Making Matter Come Alive