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

By: Dan W Urry

632 pages, 279 illus

Birkhäuser Verlag

Hardback | Dec 2006 | #172153 | ISBN: 081764346X
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About this book

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.


Contents

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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