Aging: The Paradox of Life: Why We Age / Edition 1

Aging: The Paradox of Life: Why We Age / Edition 1

by Robin Holliday
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1402056400

ISBN-13: 9781402056406

Pub. Date: 03/30/2007

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

For centuries people have been puzzled by the inevitability of human aging. For most of the second half of the twentieth century aging remained a mystery, or an unsolved biological problem. At the end of the 20th century a remarkable scientific discovery emerged. It was not a single discovery in the usual sense, because it was based on a series of important

Overview

For centuries people have been puzzled by the inevitability of human aging. For most of the second half of the twentieth century aging remained a mystery, or an unsolved biological problem. At the end of the 20th century a remarkable scientific discovery emerged. It was not a single discovery in the usual sense, because it was based on a series of important interconnected insights over quite a long period of time. These insights made it possible for the very first time to understand the biological reasons for aging in animals and man. It can already be said, however, that the many observations and insights that explain aging will not be accepted as established knowledge for a long time. The field is still full of scientists, and non-scientists, who are just happy to go on speculating about the "mystery" of aging. The aim of this book is to dispel ignorance by explaining in non-technical language what are the reasons for aging and the myth of excessive prolongation of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402056406
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
03/30/2007
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgements     xi
Author's Note     xiii
Longevity     1
Body Architecture     7
Maintenance of the Body     15
Multiple Causes     27
The Ancient Origins of Ageing     37
Mice and Men     45
How Many Genes?     55
The Evolution of Human Longevity     63
Myths of Life Extension     71
Doctors' Dilemma     77
The Modulation of Longevity     85
Ageing and the Angels     91
Longevity, Population Pressure and Warfare     97
Dialogue between Life and Death     103
The Road to Discovery     109
Resolution of the Paradox     115
Selected References     123
Glossary     125
Index     129

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