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New York Times Bestseller and an Amazon Best Science Book of 2015

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be? Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we still missing a vital ingredient in its creation?
      
Like Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world’s fundamental dynamics. Bringing together first-hand experience at the cutting edge of science with unparalleled gifts of explanation, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal that missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics; the phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences. 

Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, each chapter in Life on the Edge engages by illustrating one of life’s puzzles: How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose? How do our genes copy themselves with such precision? Life on the Edge accessibly reveals how quantum mechanics can answer these probing questions of the universe.

Guiding the reader through the rapidly unfolding discoveries of the last few years, Al-Khalili and McFadden communicate the excitement of the explosive new field of quantum biology and its potentially revolutionary applications, while offering insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life? As they brilliantly demonstrate in these groundbreaking pages, life exists on the quantum edge.

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Author

Johnjoe McFadden, Jim Al-Khalili

Binding

Hardcover

Brand

McFadden, Johnjoe- Al-Khalili, Jim

CatalogNumberList

TM-0307986810, POTM-0307986810

EAN

9780307986818

EANList

9780307986818

Edition

1

ISBN

0307986810

ItemDimensions

951, hundredths-inches, 635, hundredths-inches, 0, hundredths-pounds, 123, hundredths-inches

Label

Crown

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

Crown

MPN

illustrations

NumberOfItems

1

NumberOfPages

368

PackageDimensions

150, hundredths-inches, 810, hundredths-inches, 130, hundredths-pounds, 640, hundredths-inches

PackageQuantity

1

PartNumber

illustrations

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2015-07-28

Publisher

Crown

ReleaseDate

2015-07-28

Studio

Crown

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