Life on the Edge

Life on the Edge

The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

Book - 2014 | First edition
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Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? It is remarkable that in this age of cloning and even synthetic biology, nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on evolution by shifting the focus of natural selection from organisms to genes, Life On The Edge alters our understanding of life from cells or biomolecules to the fundamental particles that drive life's dynamics. From this new perspective, life makes more sense as its missing ingredient is revealed to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307986818
Branch Call Number: 572.36 M161L 2014
Characteristics: xi, 351 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Al-Khalili, Jim 1962-


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Jan 10, 2017

Being written with both science and stories is what makes this book a good option for more people. Note, most of the biology and chemistry in this book are in science course curriculum for senior secondary students.

Dec 24, 2016

Parts of this book were fascinating though others felt like padding. I wanted more science and background and less personal stories though recognize the topic is complex enough that this was probably as intended.


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