What is Life?: Scientific Approaches and Philosophical Positions

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World Scientific, 2002 - SCIENCE - 389 pages
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The book of Erwin SchrAdinger about life evokes a variety of basic questions concerning the understanding of life in terms of modern physics rather than biochemistry. Problems of organization and regulation of biological systems cannot be understood by revealing only the chemical processes of the living state. A group of reputable physicists OCo among them the followers of Heisenberg and FrAhlich OCo and biologists came to this same conclusion through several workshops on this topic. This book contains their contributions, written from different viewpoints of theoretical physics and modern biology. These articles are valuable not only for understanding life, but also for creating new and non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic tools in medicine; they also contribute importantly to a deeper understanding of evolutionary processes, including the development of consciousness."
 

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Contents

All the Colors of a Rainbow in a Worm or What is Life?
1
Life A Problem Inherent in the Research Context
25
Truth and Knowledge
39
The Formative Powers of Developing Organisms
65
Electromagnetic Symbiotic and Informational Interactions in the Kingdom of Organisms
95
Dead Molecules and the Live Organism
127
Inanimate and Animate Matter Orderings of Immaterial Connectedness The Physical Basis of Life
145
Communication Basis of Life
167
Substantial and NonSubstantial Structure in Living Systems
199
On the Essence of Life A Physical but Nonreductionistic Examination
217
Coherent Excitations in Living Biosystems and Their Implications A Qualitative Overview
235
Biophotonics A Powerful Tool for Investigating and Understanding Life
279
Biophoton and the Quantum Vision of Life
307
Quantum Mechanics Computability Theory and Life
329
BoseEinstein Condensation of Photons Does it Play a Vital Role in the Understanding of Life?
343
Index
357

Can Biological Effects Emerge from Inorganic NanoSystems?
179

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