The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms

The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms

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By (author) Mae-Wan Ho

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  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 228mm x 18mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Singapore
  • ISBN 10: 9812832602
  • ISBN 13: 9789812832603
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 217,647

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This highly unusual book began as a serious inquiry into Schrodinger's question, 'What is life?', and as a celebration of life itself. It takes the reader on a voyage of discovery through many areas of contemporary physics, from non-equilibrium thermodynamics and quantum optics to liquid crystals and fractals, all necessary for illuminating the problem of life. In the process, the reader is treated to a rare and exquisite view of the organism, gaining novel insights not only into the physics, but also into 'the poetry and meaning of being alive'. This much-enlarged third edition includes new findings on the central role of biological water in organizing living processes; it also completes the author's novel theory of the organism and its applications in ecology, physiology and brain science.

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Table of contents

What Is It to Be Alive?; Do Organisms Contravene the Second Law?; Can the Second Law Cope with Organized Complexity?; Energy Flow and Living Cycles; How to Catch a Falling Electron; Towards a Thermodynamics of Organised Complexity; Sustainable Systems as Organisms; The Seventy-Three Octaves of Nature's Music; Coherent Excitations of the Body Electric; The Solid-State Cell; 'Life is a Little Electric Current'; How Coherent Is the Organism? The Heartbeat of Health; How Coherent Is the Organism? Sensitivity to Weak Electromagnetic Fields; Life is All the Colors of the Rainbow in a Worm; The Liquid Crystalline Organism; Crystal Consciousness; Liquid Crystalline Water; Quantum Entanglement and Coherence; Ignorance of the External Observer; Time and Freewill.