ISBN-10:
1107604664
ISBN-13:
9781107604667
Pub. Date:
03/26/2012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
What is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches / Edition 1

What is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches / Edition 1

by Erwin Schrodinger, Roger Penrose
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Overview

Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. 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. Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches, which offer a fascinating account of his life as a background to his scientific writings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107604667
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/26/2012
Series: Canto Classics
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 150,675
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The classical physicist's approach to the subject; 2. The hereditary mechanism; 3. Mutations; 4. The quantum-mechanical evidence; 5. Delbruck's model discussed and tested; 6. Order, disorder and entropy; 7. Is life based on the laws of physics?; Epilogue: on determinism and free will; Mind and Matter: 1. The physical basis of consciousness; 2. The future of understanding; 3. The principle of objectivation; 4. The arithmetical paradox: the oneness of mind; 5. Science and religion; 6. The mystery of the sensual qualities; Autobiographical sketches (translated from the German by Schrödinger's granddaughter Verena).

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