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What is Life? : How chemistry becomes biology.

Author: Addy Pross
Publisher: Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrödinger posed a simple, yet profound, question: 'What is life?'. How could the very existence of such extraordinary chemical systems be understood? This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists both before, and ever since. Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Addy Pross
ISBN: 9780191650895 0191650897
OCLC Number: 809769176
Description: 1 online resource (229 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Prologue; 1. Living Things are so Very Strange; 2. The Quest for a Theory of Life; 3. Understanding 'Understanding'; 4. Stability and Instability; 5. The Knotty Origin of Life Problem; 6. Biology's Crisis of Identity; 7. Biology is Chemistry; 8. What is Life?; References and Notes; Index.

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Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrödinger posed a simple, yet profound, question: 'What is life?'. How could the very existence of such extraordinary chemical systems be understood? This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists both before, and ever since. Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert matter. So how does chemistry give rise to biology? Did life begin with replicating molecules, and, if so, what could have led the first replicating molecules up such a path? Now, deve.

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