What Is Life?

| May 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Today is a great time to look at something a little more philosophical. “What is Life? With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches” is a great mix of physics and philosophy by Erwin Schrodinger himself. It’s always interesting to read the thoughts of the scientists rather than reading some reviewers work or countless copied articles online. So let’s take a closer look at this popular work by Schrodinger and discover his views about the origin of life and other interesting topics.

Basic Info

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107604664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107604667
  • Average Amazon Customer Review:4.5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

About the Author

Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger (12 August 1887 – 4 January 1961) was an Austrian born physicist and theoretical biologist who was one of the fathers of quantum mechanics, and is famed for a number of important contributions to physics, especially the Schrödinger equation, for which he received what is lifethe Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933.

About the Book

“What is Life?” is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. As the famous philosopher Karl Popper described it, it’s a “beautiful and important book by a great man to whom I owe a personal debt for many exciting discussions”. It was written for the layman, but proved to be one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of DNA. What is Life? appears here together with “Mind and Matter”, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times.  Besides these two classics Schrödinger’s autobiographical sketches are also added, which is a great advantage for those with an interest in science history and biographies.

Schroedinger who, besides being one of the great physicists of the 20th Century, was also a theoretical biologist applied his knowledge to analyze human life. Based upon lectures that he gave in the 1940s, this brief book contains Schroedinger’s fascinating speculations on the nature of life, several of which have proven prophetic for instance the discovery of DNA.

 

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