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Light and life

Author: Michael Gross
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Light, like no other physical phenomenon, is linked in a wide variety of ways with the biological phenomenon of life. We can read these words because light is reflected from them, and carries the information to the retina; the oxygen we breathe was produced by photosynthesis; our sense of alertness relies on our biological clock, set using the cues of light and dark." "Michael Gross explores the symbiotic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal Narrative
Popular Work
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Gross
ISBN: 0198564805 9780198564805
OCLC Number: 1004949645
Description: xi, 161 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: confessions of a light-addict --
The right place at the right time --
The oxygen revolution: how cyanobacteria changed the world --
Creatures that glow in the dark --
How life is guided by light --
Seeing and perceiving --
Changing ideas about light and life.
Other Titles: Light & life
Responsibility: Michael Gross.
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"Light, like no other physical phenomenon, is linked in a wide variety of ways with the biological phenomenon of life. We can read these words because light is reflected from them, and carries the information to the retina; the oxygen we breathe was produced by photosynthesis; our sense of alertness relies on our biological clock, set using the cues of light and dark." "Michael Gross explores the symbiotic relation-ship of light and life in this intriguing and entertaining book. Starting with astronomy and our relationship with the Sun and dependence on photosynthesis, he then turns to some of the stranger outcomes of the relationship, such as bioluminescent creatures, and their evolutionary significance. Finally he looks at the influence of light on biological time-keeping, the focus of much current scientific research."--Jacket.

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