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What is life? : the physical aspect of the living cell ; with Mind and matter ; & Autobiographical sketches

Author: Erwin Schrödinger
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. A distinguished physicist's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology, it was written for the layman, but proved one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of the structure of DNA. The philosopher Karl Popper hailed it as a "beautiful and important  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Erwin Schrödinger; Erwin Schrödinger
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Erwin Schrödinger
ISBN: 0521427088 9780521427081 9781107604667 1107604664
OCLC Number: 24503223
Notes: "Canto"--Cover.
Description: viii, 184 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: What is life? --
1. The classical physicist's approach to the subject --
2. The hereditary mechanism --
3. Mutations --
4. The quantum-mechanical evidence --
5. Delbrück's model discussed and tested --
6. Order, disorder and entropy --
7. Is life based on the laws of physics? --
Epilogue: On determinism and free will --
Mind and matter --
1. The physical basis of consciousness --
2. The future of understanding --
3. The principle of objectivation --
4. The arithmetical paradox: The oneness of mind --
5. Science and religion --
6. The mystery of the sensual qualities --
Autobiographical sketches / translated by Schrödinger's granddaughter Verena.
Other Titles: Mind and matter.
Autobiographical sketches.
Responsibility: Erwin Schrödinger.
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Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. A distinguished physicist's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology, it was written for the layman, but proved one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of the structure of DNA. The philosopher Karl Popper hailed it as a "beautiful and important book." It appears here together with Mind and Matter, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times. Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches, published and translated here for the first time, which offer a fascinating fragmentary account of his life as a background to his scientific writings.--Publisher description.

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