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What is life?

Author: René Biot; Eric Earnshaw Smith
Publisher: New York, Hawthorn Books [1959]
Series: Twentieth century encyclopedia of Catholicism, v. 32.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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What is life? What is man? And what is the mysterious power by virtue of which we say that we are alive? Treating his subject with the care and patience of the scientist, the author also writes from the point of view of the philosopher and the man of religion. Man, he feels, is more than living dust, indeed the essential characteristic of life is a ceaseless striving to build up its specific substance from materials  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Biot, René, 1889-1966.
What is life?
New York, Hawthorn Books [1959]
(OCoLC)701645382
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: René Biot; Eric Earnshaw Smith
OCLC Number: 4391157
Notes: Translation of Poussière vivante.
Description: 96 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Dust --
Living dust --
Dust quickened by mind --
Practical prospects.
Series Title: Twentieth century encyclopedia of Catholicism, v. 32.
Other Titles: Poussière vivante.
Responsibility: Translated from the French by Eric Earnshaw Smith.

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What is life? What is man? And what is the mysterious power by virtue of which we say that we are alive? Treating his subject with the care and patience of the scientist, the author also writes from the point of view of the philosopher and the man of religion. Man, he feels, is more than living dust, indeed the essential characteristic of life is a ceaseless striving to build up its specific substance from materials which, left to themselves, tend only to revert to the inanimate state. Thus life, while maintaining itself by physical and chemical processses, belongs to a realm transcending both physics and chemistry.

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