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    Life Explained (Odile Jacob Series) (Hardback) By (author) Michel Morange, Translated by Matthew Cobb, Translated by Malcolm Debevoise


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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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    Life Explained
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michel Morange, Translated by Matthew Cobb, Translated by Malcolm Debevoise
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 404 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300137323
    ISBN 10: 030013732X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    BIC subject category V2: PDX, PSAK1
    DC22: 570
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16700
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    BIC subject category V2: HPJ
    Abridged Dewey: 570
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI086000
    DC22: 570.1
    B&T Approval Code: A60504800, A60240000
    LC classification: QH331 .M6313 2008
    Thema V1.0: QDTJ, PSAK, PDX, PSAX
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    02 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Michel Morange is professor of biology at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, where he directs the Centre Cavailles for the History and Philosophy of Science. He is the author of The Misunderstood Gene and A History of Molecular Biology, and has published many articles in scientific journals. Matthew Cobb is senior lecturer in animal behaviour at the University of Manchester. Malcolm DeBevoise has translated some thirty works from French in all branches of scholarship.
    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