What Is Life

Transcending the various formal concepts of life, this captivating book offers a unique overview of life's history, essences, and future.

Author: Lynn Margulis

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520220218

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Transcending the various formal concepts of life, this captivating book offers a unique overview of life's history, essences, and future. "A masterpiece of scientific writing. You will cherish "What Is Life?" because it is so rich in poetry and science in the service of profound philosophical questions".--Mitchell Thomashow, "Orion". 9 photos. 11 line illustrations.

What is Life

"What Is Life?" is Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology.

Author: Erwin Schrodinger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107604664

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

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"What Is Life?" is Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology. His essay, "Mind and Matter," investigates what place consciousness occupies in the evolution of life, and what part the state of development of the human mind plays in moral questions. "Autobiographical Sketches" offers a fascinating fragmentary account of his life as a background to his scientific writings.

What Is Life

' Scientists have puzzled over it ever since. Addy Pross uses insights from the new field of systems chemistry to show how chemistry can become biology, and that Darwinian evolution is the expression of a deeper physical principle.

Author: Addy Pross

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198784791


Page: 224

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Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrodinger posed a profound question: 'What is life, and how did it emerge from non-life?' This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists 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? What could have led the first replicating molecules up such a path? Now, developments in the emerging field of 'systems chemistry' are unlocking the problem. Addy Pross shows how the different kind of stability that operates among replicating molecules results in a tendency for chemical systems to become more complex and acquire the properties of life. Strikingly, he demonstrates that Darwinian evolution is the biological expression of a deeper, well-defined chemical concept: the whole story from replicating molecules to complex life is one continuous process governed by an underlying physical principle. The gulf between biology and the physical sciences is finally becoming bridged. This new edition includes an Epilogue describing developments in the concepts of fundamental forms of stability discussed in the book, and their profound implications. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

What is Life

The viewpoint that DNA was neither necessary nor sufficient for the existence,
propagation, and evolution oflife was not exclusive to Kauffman and was not in
fact new.1 One of the basic theoretical insights of the artificial life movement,
going ...

Author: Edward Regis

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195383419

Category: Science

Page: 198

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Erwin Schrödinger's 1944 classic What Is Life? is a small book that occupies a large place among the great written works of the twentieth century. It is said that it helped launch the modern revolution in biology and genetics, and inspired a generation of scientists, including Watson and Crick, to explore the riddle of life itself. Now, more than sixty years later, science writer Ed Regis offers an intriguing look at where this quest stands today. Regis ranges widely here, illuminating many diverse efforts to solve one of science's great mysteries. He examines the genesis of Schrödinger's great book--which first debuted as three public lectures in Dublin--and details the fantastic reception his ideas received, both in Europe and America. Regis also introduces us to the work of a remarkable group of scientists who are attempting literally to create life from scratch, starting with molecular components that they hope to assemble into the world's first synthetic living cell. The book also examines how scientists have unlocked the "three secrets of life," describes the key role played by ATP ("the ultimate driving force of all life"), and outlines the many attempts to explain how life first arose on earth, a puzzle that has given birth to a wide range of theories (which Francis Crick dismissed as "too much speculation running after too few facts"), from the primordial sandwich theory, to the theory that life arose in clay, in deep-sea vents, or in oily bubbles at the seashore, right up to Freeman Dyson's "theory of double origins." Written in a lively and accessible style, and bringing together a wide range of cutting-edge research, What is Life? makes an illuminating contribution to this ancient and ever-fascinating debate.

What is Life

Chapter 7 Inanimate and Animate Matter: Orderings of Immaterial
Connectedness — The Physical Basis of Life Hans-Peter Dürr Overview In
classical physics, the world is considered as a matter-based reality, the
arrangement of whose parts ...

Author: Hans-Peter Dürr

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789812706560

Category: Science

Page: 388

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Ch. 1. All the colors of a rainbow in a worm or: what is life? / Reinhard Eichelbeck -- ch. 2. Life - a problem inherent in the research context / Franz-Theo Gottwald -- ch. 3. Truth and knowledge / Wolfram Schommers -- ch. 4. The formative powers of developing organisms / Lev V. Beloussov -- ch. 5. Electromagnetic, symbiotic and informational interactions in the kingdom of organisms / Gunter M. Rothe -- ch. 6. Dead molecules and the live organism / Roeland Van Wijk -- ch. 7. Inanimate and animate matter: orderings of immaterial connectedness - the physical basis of life / Hans-Peter Dürr -- ch. 8. Communication - basis of life / Lebrecht von Klitzing -- ch. 9. Can biological effects emerge from inorganic nano-systems? / Michael Rieth and Wolfram Schommers -- ch. 10. Substantial and non-substantial structure in living systems / Jiin-Ju Chang (Jinzhu Zhang) -- ch. 11. On the essence of life - a physical but nonreductionistic examination / Hans-Jürgen Fischbeck -- ch. 12. Coherent excitations in living biosystems and their implications: a qualitative overview / G.J. Hyland -- ch. 13. Biophotonics - a powerful tool for investigating and understanding life / Fritz-Albert Popp -- ch. 14. Biophoton and the quantum vision of life / R.P. Bajpai -- ch. 15. Quantum mechanics, computability theory and life / John Swain -- ch. 16. Bose-Einstein condensation of photons, does it play a vital role in the understanding of life? / Eberhard Müller

What is Life On Earth and Beyond

This volume explores the questions and answers surrounding the 'secret of life', combining approaches from the sciences, philosophy and theology, including the emerging discipline of astrobiology.

Author: Andreas Losch

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107175895

Category: Science

Page: 332

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Approaches from the sciences, philosophy and theology, including the emerging field of astrobiology, can provide fresh perspectives to the age-old question 'What is Life?'. Has the secret of life been unveiled and is it nothing more than physical chemistry? Modern philosophers will ask if we can even define life at all, as we still don't know much about its origins here on Earth. Others regard life as something that cannot simply be reduced to just physics and chemistry, while biologists emphasize the historical component intrinsic to life on Earth. How can theology constructively interpret scientific findings? Can it contribute constructively to scientific discussions? Written for a broad interdisciplinary audience, this probing volume discusses life, intelligence and more against the background of contemporary biology and the wider contexts of astrobiology and cosmology. It also considers the challenging implications for science and theology if extraterrestrial life is discovered in the future.

What is Life The Next Fifty Years

What is life ? ' : was Schrödinger right ? STUART A . KAUFFMAN Sante Fe
Institute , New Mexico In Dublin half a century ago , a major figure in this century '
s science visited , lectured , and foretold the future of a science which was not his

Author: Michael P. Murphy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521599399

Category: Science

Page: 191

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Presents the views of eminent scientists on current problems in biology.

What is Life

The Originality, Irreducibility, and Value of Life Josef Seifert. 3 . The Essentially
Necessary ( A Priori ) Characteristics of Biological Life Open to Philosophical
Knowledge Can we only refer to distinct empirically given properties of
organisms ...

Author: Josef Seifert

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042003811

Category: Philosophy

Page: 163

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This book makes four bold claims: 1) life is an ultimate datum, open to philosophical analysis and irreducible to physical reality; hence all materialist-reductionist explanations - most current theories - of life are false. 2) All life presupposes soul (entelechy) without which a being would at best fake life. 3) The concept of life is analogous and the most direct access to life in its irreducibility is gained through consciousness; 4) All life possesses an objective and intrinsic value that needs to be respected, human life possesses beyond this an inviolable dignity. Life and personal life are pure perfections, it being absolutely better to possess (personal) life than not to possess it. Chapter 1: the metaphysical essence and the many meanings of 'life, ' as well as its 'transcendental' character. Chapter 2: the irreducibility of biological life, its amazing empirical and philosophically intelligible essential features, and the ways of knowing them. Chapter 3: the immediate evidence and indubitable givenness of mental, conscious life as well as questions of (brain-) death and immortality. Chapter 4: the inviolable objective dignity of personal life and its self-transcendence; a new theory of the fourfold source of human dignity and rights. Chapter 5 (in dialogue-form): methods and results of philosophy versus those of empirical life-sciences.

What Is Life

The most successful new non-majors biology textbook in a decade returns in a vigorously updated new edition—with every chapter of the book carefully revised by Jay Phelan, based on the feedback of hundreds of instructors and students.

Author: Jay Phelan

Publisher: W H Freeman & Company

ISBN: 9781464107207

Category: Science

Page: 661

View: 257

The most successful new non-majors biology textbook in a decade returns in a vigorously updated new edition—with every chapter of the book carefully revised by Jay Phelan, based on the feedback of hundreds of instructors and students. The Second Edition brings forward the book's hallmark features (clear and consistent illustrations, beautiful photographs, Take-Home Message summary sections, StreetBio: Knowledge You Can Use, and Red Q Questions) while adding new pedagogy, updated content, and expanded media/supplements package. Click here to watch a sample of our Lecture Videos featuring What Is Life? author, Jay Phelan.

What is Life

Includes one of the earliest formulations of genetic material in terms of "information" and "codes" (though at the time of its publishing the structure of DNA and the coding schema had not been elucidated).

Author: Erwin Schrodinger




Page: 92

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What is Life

WHAT IS LIFE ? SAY , WHAT IS LIFE ? what , but a turgid flood ! Whose
darksome billows bear no real good : A tide of ills ! where rocks and shoals
abound , And Sin's deep eddies whirl their dang'rous round : A troubled stream !
whose waves ...

Author: Thomas Bailey




Page: 126

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Issues in Science and Theology What is Life

The question “what is life?”, of course, is famously hard to define. There are a
number of useful lists of definitions of life, such as the chronological one in the
appendix of Marcello Barbieri's The Organic Codes (2003: 255ff). But instead of ...

Author: Dirk Evers

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331917407X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 207

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This book explores the concept of Life from a range of perspectives. Divided into three parts, it first examines the concept of Life from physics to biology. It then presents insights on the concept from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, and ethics. The book concludes with chapters on the hermeneutics of Life, and pays special attention to the Biosemiotics approach to the concept. The question ‘What is Life?’ has been deliberated by the greatest minds throughout human history. Life as we know it is not a substance or fundamental property, but a complex process. It is not an easy task to develop an unequivocal approach towards Life combining scientific, semiotic, philosophical, theological, and ethical perspectives. In its combination of these perspectives, and its wide-ranging scope, this book opens up levels and identifies issues which can serve as intersections for meaningful interdisciplinary discussions of Life in its different aspects. The book includes the four plenary lectures and selected, revised and extended papers from workshops of the 14th European Conference on Science and Theology (ECST XIV) held in Tartu, Estonia, April 2012.

What is life

... Some stay for the children Others keep on fighting A battered woman that's not
right She may never trust another man And make them a life time ban She's glad
she got up and ran Thinking there's no place to go She hadn't heard of woman's ...

Author: C.j Talbot

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 130413038X



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What Is Life and Who Am I

What is life, and who am I? These are the two questions which mankind has
contemplated since the beginning of humanity itself. They are what drive
humanity to discovery. And it is this drive that defines us as a species. It is not
enough for ...

Author: J.T. Owens

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463403355

Category: Philosophy

Page: 108

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Humanity's pursuit of the origin of life, its meaning and its purpose, has gone a long way. Any single truth which the world would agree on remains to be found. Mankind uses knowledge to explore the possibilities of life, but as life evolves, more questions arise, making life appear more and more complicated. The truth is that while life may be complex, it is in fact not complicated. WHAT IS LIFE AND WHO AM I: fundamental principles of the Primordian Philosophy walks the reader through the basic fundamentals of existence. It attempts to unravel the mysteries of life by presenting life in its basic form, thus providing the reader with a fresh and uncomplicated perspective of what life really is. By understanding the mechanics of life and the true essence of identity, the reader will regain a more active control over the direction which their life takes. This book also attempts to restore a sense of purpose and of beauty to the life we live and the universe we live in. While life can often seem chaotic and uncertain, in truth it is really quite marvelous and wonderful. In our day to day lives we can lose sight of this fact. This book seeks to restore life to its true wonder by reminding the reader that we are all a living part of a living universe, and that the meaning of life comes down to one simple axiom find your truth, live your truth.


DOES NOT matter what your state in life. If you are alive and you must be to be
reading or hearing this, there is hope for you. The most desperate people are
those who contemplate suicide and indeed follow through and end their lives.

Author: Alan P. Gill

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781453551387

Category: Religion

Page: 622

View: 503

What Is Life All About? Is life: A Grand Conspiracy? A Marvelous Mystery? An Incredible Accident? Or Something Else? The surprise is that you can know the truth about life and be 100% confident in that knowledge. You will know what is on the other side of death. Amazingly, your success or failure in life has to do with your attitude. The person with the “wrong” attitude can read, see, hear the truth and deny it vehemently, while the person with right attitude will understand, appreciate and believe the truth. Life is a perfect and difficult test. The process of life itself sorts out good from evil, right from wrong and you will succeed or fail depending on your attitude. The book defines the attitude you need to succeed and provides evidence and examples to convince. What is life really all about? It may be true that most people do not care, but what is the reason for “not caring?” Generally, it is because people DOUBT ANYONE REALLY KNOWS, and thus why should anyone care. In addition, the world brings great confusion to this subject. There are scams and frauds around every corner, and even “honest people” push the limits of the truth with exaggeration – which is really a lie. Greed, selfishness, covetousness, envy, and power are behind a lot of the deceit. The wonder of heaven will provide infinitely more than people could ever achieve on earth, but people want everything NOW and deceit is a frequent companion to achieving earthly desires. There are 45 chapters in the book, “What Is Life All About” and then some extensive helpful appendices – another 163 pages. The single most influential deceit is in the area of religion. The single most prominent reason for being an atheist or agnostic is religion. The past 2000 years of religious history includes unspeakable cruelty, wars, terrorism, indoctrination, lies and deception and this rightly leads to opposition, but also strangely to acceptance/indifference/excuses by others. The critical missing fact is that God had nothing to do with these religions – but abhors them. What a pathetic assumption to blame God. The truth about God and these religious groups could quickly clarify the situation. Chapter 16 is a chapter that begins to sort out HOW all this religious mess occurred. Here is a partial outline for chapter 16: 16.1 What Is Seriously Wrong with Judaism? 16.2 What Is Seriously Wrong with Roman Catholicism? 16.3 What Is Seriously Wrong with Protestant Groups? 16.4 What Is Seriously Wrong with Islam? 16.5 What Is Seriously Wrong with Mormonism? 16.6 What Is Seriously Wrong with the Jehovah’s Witnesses? 16.7 What Is Seriously Wrong with Atheism/Agnosticism? “Seriously Wrong” means there is NO eternal value in these religions. These belief systems were the fabrication of men and/or women and did NOT come from God. The evidence is overwhelming and deceit runs through these religions like vultures going through a carcass. You do not need a forensic analysis, but you can do a complete autopsy if you wish. The damaging evidence regarding these groups is clearly seen and very logical and understandable from the book. This is because AS YOU UNDERSTAND GOD (a significant subject in the book) you do not need to go very far into these beliefs to see huge problems. One of the attitudes you need is a LOVE OF THE TRUTH more than the love of what you currently believe. You can understand God, His purpose, His plan inasmuch as He has revealed Himself. Incredibly, one major obstacle to overcome will be the MAGNITUDE OF THE DECEIT. Lies on top of lies often for many centuries define today’s religions. Religion has become “man’s idea of God” and there is no consistency, just random unrelated doctrines. The truth is infinitely different with everything perfectly connected to a single purpose. Ultimately, your success or failure in life is simply a matter of where you place your trust. Is your trust in God or is it in men/women, who say they are telling you

What is Life If I Don t Live It

Author: Thomas Heng

Publisher: Candid Creation Publishing

ISBN: 9810775946

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 64

View: 701

This book is written as a gift to those who are searching for meaning in life. The author’s light and at times quirky approach to the topics invites readers to challenge their existing paradigm of life. Ultimately, the book is about choosing to live in joy, love and peace.

What Is Life

After a lifetime of studying life, Nobel Prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse, one of the world's leading scientists, has taken on the challenge of defining it.

Author: Sir Paul Nurse


ISBN: 9781922310262


Page: 128

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Life is all around us, abundant and diverse. It is truly a marvel. But what does it actually mean to be alive, and how do we decide what is living and what is not? After a lifetime of studying life, Nobel Prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse, one of the world's leading scientists, has taken on the challenge of defining it. Written with great personality and charm, his accessible guide takes readers on a journey to discover biology's five great building blocks, demonstrates how biology has changed and is changing the world, and reveals where research is headed next. To survive all the challenges that face the human race today - population growth, pandemics, food shortages, climate change - it is vital that we first understand what life is. Never before has the question 'What is life?' been answered with such insight, clarity, and humanity, and never at a time more urgent than now. 'Paul Nurse is about as distinguished a scientist as there could be. He is also a great communicator. This book explains, in a way that is both clear and elegant, how the processes of life unfold, and does as much as science can to answer the question posed by the title. It's also profoundly important, at a time when the world is connected so closely that any new illness can sweep from nation to nation with immense speed, that all of us - including politicians - should be as well-informed as possible. This book provides the sort of clarity and understanding that could save many thousands of lives. I learned a great deal, and I enjoyed the process enormously.' -Sir Philip Pullman 'A nearly perfect guide to the wonder and complexity of existence.' -Bill Bryson 'Nurse provides a concise, lucid response to an age-old question. His writing is not just informed by long experience, but also wise, visionary, and personal. I read the book in one sitting, and felt exhilarated by the end, as though I'd run for miles - from the author's own garden into the interior of the cell, back in time to humankind's most distant ancestors, and through the laboratory of a dedicated scientist at work on what he most loves to do.' -Dava Sobel

Truth Vs Illusion What Is Life About

If you have ever asked yourself these questions, this is the book for you.

Author: Joy Su

Publisher: Independently published


Category: Philosophy

Page: 209

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If you have ever asked yourself these questions, this is the book for you. What is the meaning of life? Why do people suffer? What is in control of my life? Why is life the way it is? How can I stop suffering and be happy? How can I have a successful life? How can I have a life I like to have? How can I be the person I like to be? How can I be wiser and smarter? How can I have good and harmonious relations with others? Why do people meditate to achieve enlightenment? What is the true meaning of spiritual practice? Why all beings are one?

What Is Life A Guide to Biology

And more than ever, this edition is a seamless text/media source, with its dedicated version of LaunchPad, Macmillan's breakthrough online course space which integrates an interactive e-Book, all student media, a wide range of assessment ...

Author: Jay Phelan

Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education

ISBN: 131915915X

Category: Science

Page: 784

View: 99

Does the vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella cause autism? What is the most common reason that DNA analyses overturn incorrect criminal convictions? What genetically modified foods do most people in the United States consume (usually without knowing it)? In his popular classes and bestselling textbooks, Jay Phelan uses questions like these as a way of introducing both the practical impact and awe-inspiring wonder of biological research. Phelan knows how to captivate nonmajors with stories of how scientists investigate life. He is also a master at using the study of biology as a context for developing the critical thinking skills and scientific literacy students can draw on through college and beyond. Phelan's dynamic approach to teaching biology is the driving force behind What Is Life?--the most successful new non-majors biology textbook of the millennium. The rigorously updated new edition brings forward the features that made the book a classroom favorite (chapters anchored to intriguing questions about life, spectacular original illustrations, innovative learning tools) with a more focused and flexible presentation and enhanced art. And more than ever, this edition is a seamless text/media source, with its dedicated version of LaunchPad, Macmillan's breakthrough online course space which integrates an interactive e-Book, all student media, a wide range of assessment and course management features.

What Is Life Five Great Ideas in Biology

The Nobel Prize–winning scientist’s elegant explanation of the fundamental ideas in biology and their uses today. The renowned biologist Paul Nurse has spent his career revealing how living cells work.

Author: Paul Nurse

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393541169

Category: Science

Page: 160

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The Nobel Prize–winning scientist’s elegant explanation of the fundamental ideas in biology and their uses today. The renowned biologist Paul Nurse has spent his career revealing how living cells work. In What Is Life?, he takes up the challenge of describing what it means to be alive in a way that every reader can understand. It is a shared journey of discovery; step-by-step Nurse illuminates five great ideas that underpin biology—the Cell, the Gene, Evolution by Natural Selection, Life as Chemistry, and Life as Information. He introduces the scientists who made the most important advances, and, using his personal experiences in and out of the lab, he shares with us the challenges, the lucky breaks, and the thrilling eureka moments of discovery. Nurse writes with delight at life’s richness and with a sense of the urgent role of biology in our time. To survive the challenges that face us all today—climate change, pandemic, loss of biodiversity and food security—it is vital that we all understand what life is.