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The rainbow and the worm : the physics of organisms

Author: Mae-Wan Ho
Publisher: Singapore ; Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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"This highly unusual book began as a serious inquiry into Schrodinger's question, "What is life?", and as a celebration of life itself, It takes the reader on a voyage ofdiscovery through many areas of contemporary physics, from non-equilibrium thermodynamics and quantum optics to liquid crystals and fractals, all necessary for illuminating the problem of life, In the process, the reader is treated to a rare and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mae-Wan Ho
ISBN: 9812832599 9789812832597 9812832602 9789812832603
OCLC Number: 259254975
Description: xxvii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: What is it to be alive? --
Do organisms contravene the Second Law --
Can the Second Law cope with organised complexity? --
Energy flow and living cycles --
How to catch a falling electron --
Towards a thermodynamics of organised complexity --
Sustainable systems as organisms --
The seventy-three octaves of nature's music --
Coherent excitations of the body electric --
The solid-state cell --
Life is a little electric current --
How coherent is the organism? The heartbeat of health --
How coherent is the organism? Sensitivity to weak electromagnetic fields --
Life is all the colours of the rainbow in a worm --
The liquid crystalline organism --
Crystal consciousness --
Liquid crystalline water --
Quantum entanglement and coherence --
Ignorance of the external observer --
Time and freewill.
Responsibility: Mae-Wan Ho.

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