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Quantum Evolution

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  12 reviews
How did life start? How did something capable of replicating itself emerge from the primordial soup? How did it defy the odds? And how did it carry on seeking out the very mutations that enable survival? Living organisms are controlled by a single molecule - DNA. Yet the study of physics tells us that the behaviour of single molecules is also controlled by the laws of quan ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 2nd 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Lisa Taylor
This book is fucking amazing.

Granted it took me a ridiculous amount of time to read it. But I promise that wasn't because it was bad. It was just so packed full of information, that I wanted to make sure I actually learned it, so I literally had to stop and process every few pages. This book is written so efficiently, almost every sentence gives you some new piece of information. I feel like by reading it I took an entire course in microbiology, an entire course in quantum mechanics (minus the m
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Dec 31, 2014 DP rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Readers wanting to learn about science and how scientists think would be well advised to bear in mind that this work reflects the author's extremely idiosyncratic views on biology and that a mainstream consensus isn't presented.

I could only find one professional review; that of Wallace Arthur in the journal Heredity (which can be found here). Arthur concludes that Quantum Evolution "does not work". Otherwise, the book seems to have suffered the indignity of being ignored by the scientific commun
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Leftjab
I think I understood most of this - I feel like with anything dealing with quantum physics/mechanics I really would need some sort of animated images to really grasp it. I mean, I get the (now seemingly maligned) Schrodinger's Cat illustration of basic elements of the quantum universe, and I see how applying that to all aspects of science (thus making determinism archaic) complicates much of what we know in the pursuit of answering more questions about our world and our universe.... There seem t ...more
Adam
Aug 16, 2007 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Two or more people reading at the same time.
Shelves: best-of-breed
Containing both an introduction to quantum physics and the probabilistic universe, and McFadden's theory on how quantum theory intersects with evolution, this book is a page by page gasp-a-thon! Do not read this in bed if your partner is trying to sleep. You will find yourself continuously waking him/her up with a "Did you have any idea that ...!"

The crux of of McFadden's theory (as I remember it) is that our bodies themselves act as "observers" of quantum particles (forcing them continuously ou
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Kristen Blankenship
This is a science book-that is FUN to read. It was a great refresher on quantum theory (which I totally didn't get in P-Chem!). The theory presented is definitely just a theory...and many evolutionary biologists seem to think this guy is a quack...but this is typically how paradigm shifts begin! Overall it is written well enough that this sceince-laden book is a quick read! Enjoy!
Aimee
Oct 02, 2007 Aimee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scientific religious enthusiasts
Shelves: philosophy
K, actually, this is one of my favorites because it presents the science behind a great deal of my deepest spiritual beliefs. It is, however, not an easy read if you aren't accustomed to scientific language. Read with a dictionary in hand, and only if you fundamentally believe that quantum physics is at least possible, if not plausible or (as I do) irrefutable reality. Good stuff!
Alex
A good exploration of how an understanding of quantum mechanics may impact the assumed probabilities of life spontaneously emerging.
Chris
Unfortunately I'm not a quantum physicist so a lot of it went over my head - but very thought provoking!
Mike
Complex theory. Not sure if I believe the claim but great explanation. And it's possible
Joanne
Interesting points of view - he's one of my old Uni lecturers.
Jaime
What an awesome book! The title is self explanatory.
DJ
Apr 22, 2010 DJ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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