The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – August 2008
This highly unusual book began as a serious inquiry into Schrdinger'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 authors novel theory of the organism and its applications in ecology, physiology and brain science. 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 Organized Complexity; Sustainable Systems as Organisms; The Seventy-Three Octaves of Nature's Music; The 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; 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; The Ignorance of the External Observer; Time and Free Will.
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ISBN-13: 9789812832597
ISBN-10: 9812832599
Pagini: 380
Dimensiuni: 155 x 231 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.75 kg
Ediția: 3
Editura: World Scientific Publishing Company