So there’s this absented-minded philosopher of science walking down the street, head in the clouds, not looking where he’s going.
They stop reactions at optimal times, and scan through products of their reactions with high-tech equipment to find trace amounts of the product they seek.
In the time of the early Earth, Airgas, the supplier from which the researchers obtained their materials, was not around.
Neil Thomas explores some of the cultural influences that primed society to view the leap from non-life to life as easily made.
The notion that the building blocks of life were easily gotten may have seemed intuitive to journalists and others acquainted with Mary Shelley’s novel.