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Academic & Professional Books  Evolutionary Biology  Evolution

What Sustains Life? Consilient Mechanisms for Protein-Based Machines and Materials

By: Dan W Urry
632 pages, 279 illus
What Sustains Life?
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This book brings together three decades worth of collaborative research to address the question "What sustains life?" In part a scientific response to Schroedinger's work "What is Life?" Urry's text contains elements of memoir, history, and a solid, informative scientific core that will interest both the general reader, student, and professional researcher.

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Prologue.- 1. Introduction.- 2. What Sustains Life? An Overview.- 3. The Pilgrimage.- 4. Likelihood of Life's Protein Machines.- 5. Consilient Mechanisms for Diverse Protein-Based Machines.- 6. On the Evolution of Protein-Based Machines.- 7. Biology Thrives Near a Movable Cusp of Insolubility.- 8. Consilient Mechanisms for the Protein-Based Machines of Biology.- 9. Advanced Materials For the Future.- Epilogue: The Enigma of Living Organisms Fades.

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By: Dan W Urry
632 pages, 279 illus
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