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What is life?

Author: Lynn Margulis; Dorion Sagan; Niles Eldredge; University of California Press.
Publisher: Berkeley ; Los Angeles : University of California Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback printingView all editions and formats

Half a century ago the Austrian physicist and philosopher Erwin Schrodinger inspired a generation of scientists by rephrasing the philosophical question: "What is life?". This text revisits this  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn Margulis; Dorion Sagan; Niles Eldredge; University of California Press.
ISBN: 0520220218 9780520220218
OCLC Number: 1091276688
Notes: Na dokumencie: A Peter N. Nevraumont book.
Description: XV, [1], 288, [1] strona, [24] strony tablic : ilustracje ; 23 cm.
Contents: LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS FOREWORD Undreamt Philosophies, by Niles Eldredge 1 LIFE: THE ETERNAL ENIGMA In the Spirit of Schroedinger * Life's Body * Animism vs. Mechanism * Janus among the Centaurs * Blue Jewel * Is There Life on Mars? * Life as Verb * Self-Maintenance * The Autopoietic Planet * The Stuff of Life * Mind in Nature 2 LOST SOULS Death: The Great Perplexer * The Breath of Life * Cartesian License * Entering the Forbidden Realm * Cosmic Wiggles * The Meaning of Evolution * Vernadsky's Biosphere * Lovelock's Gaia 3 ONCE UPON A PLANET Beginnings * Hell on Earth * Spontaneous Generation * Origins of Life * "Stumbling Forward" * Metabolic Windows * The RNA Supermolecule * Cells First 4 MASTERS OF THE BIOSPHERE Fear of a Bacterial Planet * Life Is Bacteria * The Metabolically Gifted * The Gene Traders * Our Splendid Kin * From Plenty to Crisis * Breakfast Ferment * Green, Red, and Purple Beings * Oxygen Excitement * Quintessential Polluters, Quintessential Recyclers * Living Carpets and Growing Stones 5 PERMANENT MERGERS The Great Cell Divide * Five Kinds of Beings * Twists in the Tree of Life * Squirmers * Strange New Fruit * Wallin's Symbionts * Multicellularity and Programmed Death * Sexual Genesis in the Microworld, or When Eating Was Sex * The Power of Slime 6 THE AMAZING ANIMALS The (Bower) Birds and the (Honey) Bees * What Is an Animal? * Great-Grandparent Trichoplax * Sex and Death * Cambrian Chauvinism * Evolutionary Exuberance * Messengers 7 FLESH OF THE EARTH The Underworld * Kissing Molds and Destroying Angels * Cross-Kingdom Alliances * Underbelly of the Biosphere * Hitchhiking Fungi, Counterfeit Flowers, and Aphrodisiacs * Hallucinogenic Mushrooms and Dionysian Delights * Transmigrators of Matter 8 THE TRANSMUTATION OF SUNLIGHT Green Fire * The Accursed Share * Ancient Roots * Primeval Trees * Floral Persuasion * Solar Economy 9 SENTIENT SYMPHONY A Double Life * Choice * Little Purposes * Butler's Blasphemy * Habits and Memory * Existence's Celebration * Superhumanity * Expanding Life * Rhythms and Cycles EPILOGUE NOTES GLOSSARY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS SOURCES OF ILLUSTRATIONS INDEX
Responsibility: Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan ; foreword by Niles Eldredge.


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