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Statistical Fluctuations in Autocatalytic Reactions
1.International Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation.
2.For a summary see J. H. Northrop, Crystalline Enzymes, The Chemistry of Pepsin, Trypsin and Bacteriophage (Columbia University Press, New York, 1939).
3.While we do not feel qualified to review adequately the chemical literature on autocatalysis it should be pointed out that none of the well‐known autocatalytic reactions lend themselves to a study of these fluctuations. Those reactions where the catalyst is the ion are unsuitable, because the ion concentration cannot be made small enough. The photochemical decomposition of into and is autocatalyzed by the light‐absorbing . But here the spontaneous thermal decomposition of is too fast even at 0°, so that this reaction initially will furnish more than the autocatalytic reaction.
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