LIfe Explained

LIfe Explained


By (author) Michel Morange


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 15mm | 498g
  • Publication date: 20 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300150830
  • ISBN 13: 9780300150834
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: Large type edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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Fifty 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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"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