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Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

作者 : Jim Al-Khalili/ Johnjoe McFadden

作者 : 吉姆.艾爾卡利里/ 約翰喬伊.麥克法登

出版社 : RANDOM CENTURY GROUP LIMITED

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定價 : NT 550

售價79折, NT435

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2015年紐約時報暢銷書、亞馬遜暢銷科普讀物、入選《經濟學人》最佳書單

卓越、迷人,發人深省,科學做為理論基礎,合理推斷從已知到未知的世界,給予革命性的答案,改變原本人類對於世界的理解。──華爾街日報

主題的複雜度就在挑釁作者的能力,兩位作者從基礎的量子理論解開諸多困惑。──Kirkus Review

真正的原創科學,突破性的新領域。──金融時報

科學的探索不是在於已知的科學範疇,而是在未知的世界,而這其中最大的疑惑,生命是在已知的宇宙中最不尋常的現象,生命究竟是怎麼來呢?量子理論能解釋生命起源。

 Jim Al-Khalili與Johnjoe McFadden合著的本書,試圖從當今生物學主流的量子理論,開始解釋諸如候鳥如何感應方向,也就是愛因斯坦的驚悚超距理論幫助鳥兒航行,那麼空氣中的氣味又是如何讓人聞到呢?蝌蚪又如何失去尾巴等問題,通俗易懂,揭示量子力學可以回答以上這些宇宙探索性問題,量子生物學所能夠解決的人體科學方面的難題,遠遠超出人們的想像。想要了解量子學,了解如何揭開生命奧秘,本書深度且完整探索了這一新興而又壯觀的科學領域,表明量子力學可能在生物學中佔有一席之地。

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation?

Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on evolution, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics as Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal the hitherto missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics. Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, they show how photosynthesis relies on subatomic particles existing in many places at once, while inside enzymes, those workhorses of life that make every molecule within our cells, particles vanish from one point in space and instantly materialize in another. 

Each chapter in Life on the Edge opens with an engaging example that illustrates one of life’s puzzles – How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose? How do our genes manage to copy themselves with such precision? – and then reveals how quantum mechanics delivers its answer. Guiding the reader through the maze of rapidly unfolding discovery, Al-Khalili and McFadden communicate vividly the excitement of this explosive new field of quantum biology, with its potentially revolutionary applications, and also offer insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life?
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