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Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Crown Pub
Publication date July 28, 2015
Pages 353
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307986818
ISBN-10 0307986810
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 10 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $28.00
Other format details sci/tech
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: New York Times Bestseller and an Amazon Best Science Book of 2015, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics through the use of quantum mechanics

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?

Using first-hand experience at the cutting edge of science, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal that missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics. Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, each chapter in Life on the Edge illustrates 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 describe 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.

– Winner, Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication

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Hardcover
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With Johnjoe McFadden | from Crown Pub (July 28, 2015)
9780307986818 | details & prices | 353 pages | 6.50 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $28.00
About: New York Times Bestseller and an Amazon Best Science Book of 2015, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics through the use of quantum mechanicsLife is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be?
Paperback
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With Johnjoe McFadden | Reprint edition from Broadway Books (July 26, 2016)
9780307986825 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $17.00
About: New York Times Bestseller and an Amazon Best Science Book of 2015Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be?
CD/Spoken Word
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With Pete Cross (other contributor), Johnjoe McFadden | Unabridged edition from Dreamscape Media Llc (July 28, 2015)
9781681413181 | details & prices | 6.50 × 5.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $49.99
About: Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be?
With Pete Cross (other contributor), Johnjoe McFadden | Mp3 una edition from Dreamscape Media Llc (July 28, 2015)
9781681413228 | details & prices | 5.50 × 5.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.99
About: Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be?

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