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The Rainbow And The Worm: The Physics Of Organisms

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This highly unusual book is a serious inquiry into Schrodinger's question, "What is life?", and at the same time a celebration of life itself. It takes the reader on a voyage of discovery through many areas of contemporary physics, from non-equilibrium thermodynamics and quantum optics to liquid crystals and fractals, all necessary for illuminating the problem of life. In ...more
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Published August 6th 1998 by World Scientific Publishing Company
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Cielol
Jan 25, 2013 Cielol rated it liked it
Fascinating, though I really can't claim the expertise (or, honestly, the interest) to understand more than one hundredth of the book. It is really not the pop-sci book I was expecting, and the academicese is dense.

There are numerous claims of which I am highly skeptical - among other things, Ho claims that cell phones do cause brain damage - but I found the underlying mindset of viewing organisms, humans included, as a contained energy system to be quite interesting. I think it would be a great
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Rama
Feb 19, 2014 Rama rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How a living cell overcomes constraints of the Second law of thermodynamics

This book is not for the faint hearted! It requires an undergraduate level of thermodynamics, and some working knowledge of biology, and laws of relativity and quantum physics. The author has done her best to write this book to a general reader about physics and biology of life; a monotonous and tedious job to describe in a book of 250 pages. She is influenced by the work of celebrated physicist Erwin Schrodinger and his
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Carol
May 22, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
Great book! Heavy -duty physics amongst poetry about the nature of life and living organisms.
The detailed descriptions of how a muscle works will stay with me.
As will the author's concerns re: electromagnetic pollution on our electromagnetic selves.
Rama
Feb 20, 2014 Rama rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How a living cell overcomes constraints of the Second law of thermodynamics

This book is not for the faint hearted! It requires an undergraduate level of thermodynamics, and some working knowledge of biology, and laws of relativity and quantum physics. The author has done her best to write this book to a general reader about physics and biology of life; a monotonous and tedious job to describe in a book of 250 pages. She is influenced by the work of celebrated physicist Erwin Schrodinger and his
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Jan Höglund
Mar 10, 2016 Jan Höglund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully written book which is both deeply serious and very readable. It addresses both the physics of organisms and the poetry of being alive. The book full of new ideas and perspectives! Highly recommended!
Alexwalsh27
Aug 23, 2012 Alexwalsh27 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what an incredible book, absolutely fascinating - if you don't like it read it again!!
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