Anti-Chance. A Reply to Monod's Chance and Necessity by E. Schoffeniels

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Thermal agitation continually changes the configuration of a solution which thus passes from one arrangement to another having approximately the same energy content. In a biological system another important factor may be considered and this is metabolism which, by continually changing the nature of the molecules in solution, automatically modifies the nature of secondary bonds which can be formed. The formation of secondary bonds between molecules in solution requires the presence of complementary surfaces according to the lock and key principle: there must be a cavity on one molecule complementary to a group projecting from another molecule.

B* Theory of Structure, Stability and Fluc- 22 ANTI-CHANCE calized at the level of the membrane. U n d e r these conditions it can be demonstrated that the concentration of gas molecules in 1 will be different from that in 2. Another famous example is that of Bénard's rings. At the beginning of this century, Bénard, a French physicist, observed at a critical temperature difference between the depth and the surface of a vessel containing water the formation of convection currents organized in the form of a hexagonal network.

At the beginning of this century, Bénard, a French physicist, observed at a critical temperature difference between the depth and the surface of a vessel containing water the formation of convection currents organized in the form of a hexagonal network. The experiment is simple to perform: one places a vessel of sufficiently large surface on a warm plate taking care to avoid all other perturbations. O n e is dealing with the phenomenon of structuration corresponding to a high degree of molecular co-operation : the macroscopic convection currents are formed from a great number of molecules.

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