|The top view of Bernard cells formation; a type of dissipative structure, i.e. heat dissipation through the liquid, works to form hexagonal "structures:.
“It would be too simple to say that the concepts of life and dissipative structures are intermingled ... But it is not just one instability that makes it possible to cross the threshold between life and non-life; it is, rather, a succession of instabilities of which we are only now beginning to identify certain stages. But let us have no illusions. If today we look into the situation where the analogy with the life sciences is the most striking — even if we discovered within biological systems some operations distant from the state of equilibrium — our research would still leave us quite unable to grasp the extreme complexity of the simplest of organisms.”