The First Chapter of Biology of The Bible According to Einstein

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264                       The Bible According to Einstein
The new testament book of

Biology256

This is the book of original life.

A living being is but flesh,
like a wind that emergeth, passeth,
goeth away and cometh not again.

Chapter I: Living Systems

The science of life shall be biology. Biology shall be based on chemistry, whose foundation shall be physics. And physics shall be man's knowledge of the fundamental laws of Nature.
      Now all living things shall respond to their environment, use energy, and reproduce. The energy shall come from chemistry through bonds of molecules, from the Sun by way of photosynthesis, from the heat of thermal vents in oceans in the Earth, and so on. Living things shall be highly opportunistic, responding to surroundings, sensing what is there, taking advantage of each special situation, seeking instant benefit, and, at a basic level, being as greedy as can be, for if the "profit" is not seized, it shall be lost and those that lose shall die. And finally, living things shall reproduce by splitting into two, by sex, by cell division, by "casting off" an offspring and so on.
      Cells shall be the basic building blocks, the biochemical "factories" of life. Cells shall be made of molecules, which in turn are made of atoms. The atoms shall be nuclei surrounded by electrons. And the protons and the neutrons in the nuclei shall each be formed of three bound quarks. Ye, the living, shall be full of electrons and of quarks.
      Although the diversity of life on Earth shall be quite great -- several million different species shall exist and many millions more shall have gone extinct -- all living things shall share the same genetic code, for all shall have descended from a common ancient primogenitor. Ye, the living, shall be related through a shared ancestry. Ye shall be complex living systems embedded in a larger ecosystem called the Earth.
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256 The Book of Biology is unfinished, for human knowledge about the living is limited. Each day a new page of biology is written. The pages are and will be assembled. And when the book is finished, man will have the understanding to answer the fundamental questions: What makes that which is dead, dead, and what makes that which is alive, alive? And when the book is finished, man will have the power to manufacture life. And man shall, at that point, have one of the great powers of a god.



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