The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms

The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 18mm | 598.74g
  • World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • colour illustrations
  • 9812832602
  • 9789812832603
  • 246,401

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.show more