Quantum Aspects of Life

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Quantum Aspects of Life
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Author Derek Abbott, Paul C. W. Davies, Arun K. Pati (Eds.)
With foreword by Sir Roger Penrose
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Physics and biophysics
Genre Non-fiction; science text
Publisher Imperial College Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 581 pp.
ISBN 978-1848162532

Quantum Aspects of Life is a 2008 science text, with a foreword by Sir Roger Penrose, which explores the open question of the role of quantum mechanics at molecular scales of relevance to biology. The book adopts a debate-like style and contains chapters written by various world-experts; giving rise to a mix of both sceptical and sympathetic viewpoints. The book addresses questions of quantum physics, biophysics, nanoscience, quantum chemistry, mathematical biology, complexity theory, and philosophy that are inspired by the 1944 seminal book What Is Life? by Erwin Schrödinger.


Section 1: Emergence and Complexity
Section 2: Quantum Mechanisms in Biology
Section 3: The Biological Evidence
Section 4: Artificial Quantum Life
Section 5: The Debate

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