What is life?: investigating the nature of life in the age of synthetic biology

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
Pub. Date:
2008.
Language:
English
Description
In 1944, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Erwin Schrödinger published a groundbreaking little book called What Is Life? In fewer than one hundred pages, he argued that life was not a mysterious or inexplicable phenomenon, as many people believed, but a scientific process like any other, ultimately explainable by the laws of physics and chemistry.  Today, more than sixty years later, members of a new generation of scientists are attempting to create life from the ground up. Science has moved forward in leaps and bounds since Schrödinger's time, but our understanding of what does and does not constitute life has only grown more complex. An era that has already seen computer chip-implanted human brains, genetically engineered organisms, genetically modified foods, cloned mammals, and brain-dead humans kept "alive" by machines is one that demands fresh thinking about the concept of life. While a segment of our national debate remains stubbornly mired in moral quandaries over abortion, euthanasia, and other "right to life" issues, the science writer Ed Regis demonstrates how science can and does provide us with a detailed understanding of the nature of life. Written in a lively and accessible style, and synthesizing a wide range of contemporary research, What Is Life? is a brief and illuminating contribution to an age-old debate.
More Details
ISBN:
9780374288518
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 4e17d570-94cb-f4ef-2cf6-9fe067afaaa9
full_title what is life investigating the nature of life in the age of synthetic biology
author regis edward
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 05:04:34AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Regis, Edward, 1944-
author_display Regis, Edward
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 4e17d570-94cb-f4ef-2cf6-9fe067afaaa9
isbn 9780374288518
item_details ils:.b13082504|.i13385896|Central Adult Nonfiction|570 REGIS|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Jun 02, 2017|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 570 REGIS
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 9780374288518
publishDate 2008
record_details ils:.b13082504|Book|Books||English|Farrar, Straus and Giroux,|2008.|198 p. ; 20 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b13082504|.i13385896|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet Life (Biology) -- Philosophy, Vital force
title_display What is life? : investigating the nature of life in the age of synthetic biology
title_full What is life? : investigating the nature of life in the age of synthetic biology / Ed Regis
title_short What is life? :
title_sub investigating the nature of life in the age of synthetic biology