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What is life? : five great ideas in biology / from Nobel Prize winner, Paul Nurse.

Nurse, Paul, 1949- (author.).

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at Town of Hanover Libraries.

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4 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Etna Library 570.1 NUR 31257000286814 New items Checked out 03/15/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393541151
  • ISBN: 0393541150
  • Physical Description: 145 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2021.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"The renowned Nobel Prize-winning scientist's elegant and concise explanation of the fundamental ideas in biology and their uses today. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Biology > Philosophy.
Life (Biology)

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