Chemical clock

From Anarchy In Action
Bzr fotos.jpg

The chemical clock is a self-organizing chemical reaction studied by Ilya Prigogine and colleagues in Brussels in the 1960s. In far-from-equilibrium conditions, a mix of two kinds of molecules, say "red" and "blue," will abruptly alternate between being all red and all blue. This coordination suggests a high degree of self-organization between the molecules.[1]

  1. Fritjof Capra, The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (New York: Anchor Books, 1997), 88.