What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology by Addy ProssWhat is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology by Addy Pross

What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology

byAddy Pross

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrodinger posed a profound question: "What is life, and how did it emerge from non-life?" This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists ever since. Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert matter. So how does chemistry give rise to biology? What could have led the first replicating molecules up such a path? Now, developments in theemerging field of "systems chemistry" are unlocking the problem. Addy Pross shows how the different kind of stability that operates among replicating molecules results in a tendency for chemical systems to become more complex and acquire the properties of life. Strikingly, he demonstrates thatDarwinian evolution is the biological expression of a deeper, well-defined chemical concept: the whole story from replicating molecules to complex life is one continuous process governed by an underlying physical principle. The gulf between biology and the physical sciences is finally becomingbridged.This new edition includes an Epilogue describing developments in the concepts of fundamental forms of stability discussed in the book, and their profound implications.Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.
Addy Pross received a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from Sydney University in 1970. He is currently a Professor of Chemistry at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and a recognized authority in the area of chemical reactivity to which he contributed with the highly cited and acclaimed Pross-Shaik model of chemical reactivity. He ha...
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Title:What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes BiologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it If you ever wondered how it may have happened that life came about from the elements this book is an exploration you don't want to miss. It is not overly technical but has enough of the meat to make your brain to feast on. It is a great read for curious mind.
Date published: 2017-02-27

Table of Contents

Prologue1. Living things are so very strange2. Historic quest for a theory of life3. Understanding 'understanding'4. Stability and instability5. The knotty origin of life problem6. Biology's crisis of identity7. Biology is chemistry8. What is Life?References and NotesIndex

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"[What is Life?] is a stimulating and thought-provoking read, and provides a sound chemical framework for considering the various theories and strands of research directed towards understanding the ultimate question - what is life?" --Chemistry World 01/06/2013