Editor's comment

In his book The Emergence
of Everything
Morowitz [Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy at
George Mason University] examines 28 instances of emergence, from the big
bang through cosmic and biological evolution to cultural development and finally to emergence of reflective thought and spirit.His expositions of the physical steps of the emerging universe are concise and useful. The final chapters reflect some of the ideas of Teilhard de Chardin and are more speculative.

Morowitz, Harold J. The Emergence of Everything Oxford University Press, New York 2002 [abstract— 60 words] — the Pauli exclusion rule as a organizing principle

The Pauli exclusion principle states that only one electron in an atom can have the same four quantum numbers. This leads to the energy level structure of atoms and the result is the periodic table of the elements, the rules of covalent bonding, ionic bonding, and metallic bonding, and the bulk properties of solids, liquids, and gases. In short, all of chemistry