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What Is Life?: Five Great Ideas in Biology

| W. W. Norton & Company | 2/2/2021

ISBN-10 : F362738122   ISBN-13 : 9780393541151   List Price : $20.00

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Hailed by Philip Pullman as "a great communicator" who is also "as distinguished a scientist as there could be," Paul Nurse writes with delight at life's richness and a sense of the urgent role of biology in our time. With What Is Life? he delivers a brief but powerful work of popular science in the vein of Carlo Rovelli's Seven Brief Lessons in Physics.

Nurse takes readers on a wondrous journey through five fundamental biological ideas--the Cell, the Gene, Evolution by Natural Selection, Life as Chemistry, and Life as Information--introducing the scientists who made the most important advances and taking us into his own lab to give us a sense of the thrill of scientific discovery. In a final chapter, Nurse addresses biology's most pressing ethical issues (including gene-editing, genetic testing, and genetically modified crops), and he concludes with a stirring encomium to biology's role in tackling infectious disease.

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  • ISBN-10: 0393541150
  • ISBN-13: 9780393541151
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 192
  • Dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 5.51 (h) x 0.63 (d)
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