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Life's ratchet : how molecular machines extract order from chaos

Author: Peter M Hoffmann
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2012.
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Below the calm, ordered exterior of a living organism lies microscopic chaos, or what the author calls the molecular storm--specialized molecules immersed in a whirlwind of colliding water molecules. Our cells are filled with molecular machines, which, like tiny ratchets, transform random motion into ordered activity, and create the "purpose" that is the hallmark of life. Tiny electrical motors turn electrical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter M Hoffmann
ISBN: 9780465022533 0465022537 9780465033362 0465033369
OCLC Number: 808107321
Description: 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: What is life? --
The life force --
Chance and necessity --
The entropy of a late-night robber --
On a very small scale --
Maxwell's demon and Feynman's ratchet --
The mystery of life --
Twist and route --
The watch and the ribosome --
Making a living --
Life, the universe, and everything --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Peter M. Hoffmann.

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