The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms 3e

8 Jul 2013

The Rainbow and the Worm

The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms 3rd Edition PDF Download Ebook. Mae-Wan Ho takes the reader on a voyage of discovery through many areas of contemporary physics from non-equilibrium thermodynamics to quantum optics, all necessary to illuminate 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 “the poetry and meaning of being alive”. It is intended for all who love the subject.

The book is recommended to all scientists who are interested in understanding life. It shows that life is more than a complex chemical reaction and, written by an author who understands life not only through the narrow tube of our ratio, that life is worth living with loving care. The book can be easily understood, because it is written in a way that the basic scientific terms are repeated step by step before they are used for discussing the essential questions.

Fifty years after Schrodinger’s “What is Life?”, this book is a worthy instalment, since it intensifies the original matter of Schrodinger. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho earned her Ph. D. in Biochemistry at Hong Kong University before embarking on a distinguished research career beginning with a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurosciences, University of California at San Diego, where, after three years, she was awarded a Fellowship of the National Genetics Foundation, USA. This took her to Queen Elizabeth College, University of London in England, where she became Senior Research Fellow in Biochemistry, and her research evolved through biochemistry to molecular genetics and evolution.

In 1976, she joined the teaching staff at the Open University where she continued to work on genetics and on developing many aspects of a non-Darwinian theory of evolution and its social and philosophical implications. More recently, she began research on the biophysics of living organization which has resulted in the present book.

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