The Way of the Cell: Molecules, Organisms, and the Order of Life [NOOK Book]

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"What is life? Fifty years after physicist Erwin Schrodinger posed this question in his celebrated and inspiring book, the answer remains elusive. In The Way of the Cell, one of the world's most respected microbiologists draws on his wide knowledge of contemporary science to provide fresh insight into this intriguing and all-important question."--BOOK JACKET.

...What is the relationship of living things to the inanimate realm of chemistry and physics? How do lifeless but special chemicals come together to form those intricate dynamic

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The Way of the Cell: Molecules, Organisms, and the Order of Life

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Overview

"What is life? Fifty years after physicist Erwin Schrodinger posed this question in his celebrated and inspiring book, the answer remains elusive. In The Way of the Cell, one of the world's most respected microbiologists draws on his wide knowledge of contemporary science to provide fresh insight into this intriguing and all-important question."--BOOK JACKET.

...What is the relationship of living things to the inanimate realm of chemistry and physics? How do lifeless but special chemicals come together to form those intricate dynamic ensembles that we recognize as life?...

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Harold, a biochemist, writes: "This book is not about biology, biochemistry, or any other finished and finite discipline, but about life. Life seems to me the supreme marvel of the universe<-->familiar, thoroughly material, probably ubiquitous, yet elusive and ultimately mysterious." His approach is to gather up many threads of knowledge produced by specialists in an array of scientific fields and see what broad patterns he can identify in understanding the riddle, "What is life?" In particular, Harold celebrates microorganisms, without which life could not exist at all. Though his training is in hard science, his writing is nontechnical; he writes both for scientists and for those who observe the work of scientists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Witty and erudite, this scientific book hails as a literary achievement. Comprehensive and up to date, Franklin Harold traces the roots--historical, thermodynamic, and biochemical--of today's biological revolution."--Lynn Margulis, co-author (with Dorion Sagan) of both What is Life? and What is Sex?

"This book helps us understand why the search for answers to the riddle 'What is life?' is a noble quest."--Howard C. Berg, author of Random Walks in Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198030881
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/21/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,242,325
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Franklin M. Harold is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University. He lives in Edmonds, Washington.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Schrodinger's Riddle 1
2 The Quality of Life 9
3 Cells in Nature and in Theory 17
4 Molecular Logic 33
5 A (almost) Comprehensible Cell 63
6 It Takes a Cell To Make a Cell 99
7 Morphogenesis: Where Form and Function Meet 117
8 The Advance of the Microbes 159
9 By Descent with Modification 189
10 So What is Life? 217
11 Searching for the Beginning 235
Epilogue 253
Notes 259
References 270
Glossary 289
Index 299
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