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    DescriptionFifty years ago Francis Crick and James D. Watson proposed the double helix model for the DNA molecule. They believed they had, as Crick put it, discovered the "secret of life," and many agreed. But in the intervening years, science has marched--sometimes leaped--forward, and now the question "What is life?" must be posed once again. In this accessible and fascinating book, Michel Morange draws on recent advances in molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, astrobiology, and other disciplines to find today's answers to the question of life. He begins by discussing the various answers that have been formulated in the past, setting contemporary definitions of life within a rich philosophical and scientific tradition that reaches back to ancient Greece. Then, with impeccable logic and a wealth of appropriate detail, Morange proceeds to lay out the fundamental characteristics that define life. The road to an understanding of life remains incompletely charted, he concludes, but the nature of its final destination is no longer an enigma.


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    Title
    LIfe Explained
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michel Morange
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 284
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 498 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300150834
    ISBN 10: 0300150830
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCI
    DC22: 570
    BIC subject category V2: PS
    DC21: 570
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    BISAC V2.8: SCI086000
    Thema V1.0: PS
    Edition
    Large type / large print
    Edition statement
    Large type edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    20 October 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Review quote
    "This book is remarkable for the clarity and soundness of its arguments, the fair and balanced way in which it presents controversial positions, and its unique capacity to map out unresolved questions."-Bruno J. Strasser, Yale University -- Bruno J. Strasser