Recycling and growth in early evolution and today

Autocatalysis without recycling comes soon to an end—not only in early evolution


  • Acknowledging the pioneering contribution of Robert Malthus fitness is often denoted as the Malthusian parameter, r, of a population.

  • Shneior Lifson uses the term “sequel” for the reaction products in the degradation of autocatalysts.

  • This is of cause not always true for the biosphere where the rain forests present an instructive example of the struggle for light.