The Touchstone of Life: Molecular Information, Cell Communication, and the Foundations of Life

The Touchstone of Life: Molecular Information, Cell Communication, and the Foundations of Life

by Werner R. Loewenstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195118286

ISBN-13: 9780195118285

Pub. Date: 01/07/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In The Touchstone of Life, eminent biophysicist Werner Loewenstein seeks answers to ancient riddles by applying information theory to recent discoveries in molecular biology. Taking us into a microscopic world, he lays bare an all-pervading communication network inside and between our cells—a web of extraordinary beauty, where molecular information flows…  See more details below

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In The Touchstone of Life, eminent biophysicist Werner Loewenstein seeks answers to ancient riddles by applying information theory to recent discoveries in molecular biology. Taking us into a microscopic world, he lays bare an all-pervading communication network inside and between our cells—a web of extraordinary beauty, where molecular information flows in gracefully interlaced circles. Loewenstein then takes us on a journey along that web and we meet the macromolecules, and see how they capture information from their surrounds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195118285
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/07/1999
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
1260L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1Information and the Origins of Life1
1Information and Organisms3
2The Cosmic Origins of Information19
3The Growth of the Cosmic Inheritance on Earth28
4From Energy to Bonds to Molecular Information: The Information/Entropy Balancing Act54
5The Three-Dimensional Carriers of Biological Information61
6The Growth of Biological Information79
Pt. 2Information Flow Inside Cells111
7The Two Information Realms113
8The Game of Seek and Find140
Pt. 3Information Flow between Cells165
9Rules of the Intercellular Communication Game167
10The Broadcasting of Cellular Information201
11Intercellular Communication Cheek-by-Jowl250
12Intercellular Communication Via Channels in the Cell Membrane263
13Neuronal Communication, Neuronal Computation, and Conscious Thought306
Pt. 4The Science of the Peculiar323
14How Can You Explain So Wise an Old Bird in a Few Words?325
Epilogue335
AppA Brief Chronicle of "Information"337
Recommended Reading341
References344
Index360

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