The Big Questions

There are a lot of outstanding questions and issues, both academic and practical, facing the world, and Harvard University's George Whitesides tells Technology Review that one intellectual question he'd like to better understand is the origin of life — how does something go random chemicals to a "set of reactions that are getting more complicated spontaneously."

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