November 13, 2012
Why Is Life Carbon-Based?
S.E. Gould, Scientific American
Everything on earth is made up of combinations of different elements – all of which can be found on the periodic table. Considering that the periodic table contains 118 elements it seems a pity that organic life tends to feature only five or six of those elements in any vast quantities. The main one being carbon.
TAGGED: molecules, carbon (element), chemistry, orbitals