A new theory of matter may help explain life

Bridging the gap between physics and biology

The current picture of matter that physics offers us is unable to explain how life evolved from inorganic materials. The problem seems to be with physics defining matter simply in terms of its building blocks. But a new theory suggests that the assembly history of material objects, how they came to have the complexity they do, is an essential property of all matter. Lee Cronin argues that this assembly theory of matter shows how evolution by modification and selection isn’t simply the preserve of life but describes how all matter develops.


For centuries, scientists have struggled to explain how life could have emerged and evolved from the inanimate matter described by physics and chemistry. On the surface, living organisms seem fundamentally different from non-living things. While physics perfectly describes the behaviour of fundamental particles like electrons and protons, it falls short when applied to complex phenomena like biological evolution. Curiousl

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Parrish Tyler 8 November 2023

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