The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms Third Edition
This highly unusual book began as a serious inquiry into Schrödinger'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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Fascinating, though I really can't claim the expertise (or, honestly, the interest) to understand more than one hundredth of the book. It is really not the pop-sci book I was expecting, and the ... Read full review
CHAPTER 1 WHAT IS IT TO BE ALIVE?
CHAPTER 2 DO ORGANISMS CONTRAVENE THE SECOND LAW?
CHAPTER 3 CAN THE SECOND LAW COPE WITH ORGANISED COMPLEXITY?
CHAPTER 4 ENERGY FLOW AND LIVING CYCLES
CHAPTER 5 HOW TO CATCH A FALLING ELECTRON
CHAPTER 6 TOWARDS A THERMODYNAMICS OF ORGANISED COMPLEXITY
CHAPTER 7 SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS AS ORGANISMS
CHAPTER 8 THE SEVENTYTHREE OCTAVES OF NATURES MUSIC
CHAPTER 13 HOW COHERENT IS THE ORGANISM? SENSITIVITY TO WEAK ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS
CHAPTER 14 LIFE IS ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW IN A WORM
CHAPTER 15 THE LIQUID CRYSTALLINE ORGANISM
CHAPTER 16 CRYSTAL CONSCIOUSNESS
CHAPTER 17 LIQUID CRYSTALLINE WATER
CHAPTER 18 QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT AND COHERENCE
CHAPTER 19 IGNORANCE OF THE EXTERNAL OBSERVER
CHAPTER 20 TIME AND FREEWILL