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Light and life

Author: Michael Gross
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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: Popular works
Personal Narrative
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Gross
ISBN: 9780198564805 0198564805
OCLC Number: 52766669
Description: xi, 161 pages : illustrations ; 22 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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In 'Light and Life', Michael Gross explores six major aspects of the complex and fascinating interplay between light and life, ranging from the mythical role of the Sun in ancient cultures to the  Read more...

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