In Search of the Physical Basis of Life Book

In Search of the Physical Basis of Life


  • Author : Gilbert Ling
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2012-12-06
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 792
  • ISBN 10 : 9781461326670
  • Total Read : 76
  • File Size : 9,9 Mb

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In Search of the Physical Basis of Life Summary:

It is highly probable that the ability to distinguish between living and nonliving objects was already well developed in early prehuman animals. Cognizance of the difference between these two classes of objects, long a part of human knowledge, led naturally to the division of science into two categories: physics and chemistry on the one hand and biology on the other. So deep was this belief in the separateness of physics and biology that, as late as the early nineteenth century, many biologists still believed in vitalism, according to which living phenomena fall outside the confines of the laws of physics. It was not until the middle of the nineteenth century that Carl Ludwig, Hermann von Helmholz, Emil DuBois-Reymond, and Ernst von Briicke inaugurated a physicochem ical approach to physiology in which it was recognized clearly that one set of laws must govern the properties and behavior of all matter, living and nonliving . . The task of a biologist is like trying to solve a gigantic multidimensional crossword fill in the right physical concepts at the right places. The biologist depends on puzzle: to the maturation of the science of physics much as the crossword solver depends on a large and correct vocabulary. The solver of crossword puzzles needs not just a good vocabulary but a special vocabulary. Words like inee and oke are vitally useful to him but are not part of the vocabulary of an English professor.

On the Physical Basis of Life Book

On the Physical Basis of Life


  • Author : Thomas Henry Huxley
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1869
  • Genre: Protoplasm
  • Pages : 30
  • ISBN 10 : HARVARD:HN4WVU
  • Total Read : 73
  • File Size : 7,6 Mb

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In Search of the Physical Basis of Life Book

In Search of the Physical Basis of Life


  • Author : Gilbert Ling
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 1984-06
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 832
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015009531784
  • Total Read : 76
  • File Size : 8,5 Mb

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In Search of the Physical Basis of Life Summary:

It is highly probable that the ability to distinguish between living and nonliving objects was already well developed in early prehuman animals. Cognizance of the difference between these two classes of objects, long a part of human knowledge, led naturally to the division of science into two categories: physics and chemistry on the one hand and biology on the other. So deep was this belief in the separateness of physics and biology that, as late as the early nineteenth century, many biologists still believed in vitalism, according to which living phenomena fall outside the confines of the laws of physics. It was not until the middle of the nineteenth century that Carl Ludwig, Hermann von Helmholz, Emil DuBois-Reymond, and Ernst von Briicke inaugurated a physicochem ical approach to physiology in which it was recognized clearly that one set of laws must govern the properties and behavior of all matter, living and nonliving . . The task of a biologist is like trying to solve a gigantic multidimensional crossword fill in the right physical concepts at the right places. The biologist depends on puzzle: to the maturation of the science of physics much as the crossword solver depends on a large and correct vocabulary. The solver of crossword puzzles needs not just a good vocabulary but a special vocabulary. Words like inee and oke are vitally useful to him but are not part of the vocabulary of an English professor.

Physical and Biological Bases of Life Stability Book

Physical and Biological Bases of Life Stability


  • Author : Victor G. Gorshkov
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2012-12-06
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN 10 : 9783642850011
  • Total Read : 77
  • File Size : 19,5 Mb

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Physical and Biological Bases of Life Stability Summary:

It is well known that the biochemical processes of life on Earth are maintained by the external solar radiation and can be reduced to the synthesis and decomposition of organic matter. Man has added the synthesis and decomposition of various in dustrial products to these natural processes. On one hand, biological synthesis may only be conducted within the rather narrow margins of parameters of the environ ment, including temperature, humidity, concentrations of the inorganic substances used by life (such as carbon dioxide, oxygen, etc.) On the other hand, the physical and chemical composition of the environment suffers significant changes during those processes of synthesis and decomposition. The maximum possible rate of such change due to the activity of living beings can exceed the average geophysical rates of change of the environment due to activity ofterrestrial depths and cosmic processes by a factor often thousand. In the absence of a rigid correlation between the biological synthesis and decomposition, the environment would be greatly disturbed within a decade and driven into a state unfit for life. A lifeless Earth, however would suffer similar changes only after about a hundred thousand years. Preservation of the existing state of the environment is only possible with strict equality between the rates of biological synthesis and decomposition, that is, when the biochemical cycles of matter are virtually closed.

Rhetoric and Incommensurability Book

Rhetoric and Incommensurability


  • Author : Randy Allen Harris
  • Publisher : Parlor Press LLC
  • Release Date : 2005-09-19
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 598
  • ISBN 10 : 9781932559514
  • Total Read : 60
  • File Size : 14,8 Mb

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Rhetoric and Incommensurability examines the complex relationships among rhetoric, philosophy, and science as they converge on the question of incommensurability, the notion jointly (though not collaboratively) introduced to science studies in 1962 by Thomas Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend. The incommensurability thesis represents the most profound problem facing argumentation and dialogue—in science, surely, but in any symbolic encounter, any attempt to cooperate, find common ground, get along, make better knowledge, and build better societies. This volume brings rhetoric, the chief discipline that studies argumentation and dialogue, to bear on that problem, finding it much more tractable than have most philosophical accounts.

The Physical Basis of Life Book

The Physical Basis of Life


  • Author : Edmund B 1856-1939 Wilson
  • Publisher : Franklin Classics Trade Press
  • Release Date : 2018-10-29
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 66
  • ISBN 10 : 0344434699
  • Total Read : 71
  • File Size : 20,5 Mb

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The Physical Basis of Life Summary:

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Molecules of Life Book

The Molecules of Life


  • Author : Kuriyan, John
  • Publisher : W.W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2012-07-25
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 15
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815341888
  • Total Read : 89
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The Molecules of Life Summary:

This textbook provides an integrated physical and biochemical foundation for undergraduate students majoring in biology or health sciences. It is particularly suitable for students planning to enter the pharmaceutical industry. This new generation of molecular biologists and biochemists will harness the tools and insights of physics and chemistry to exploit the emergence of genomics and systems-level information in biology, and will shape the future of medicine.

The Physical Basis of Mind Book

The Physical Basis of Mind


  • Author : George Henry Lewes
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1893
  • Genre: Electronic book
  • Pages : 534
  • ISBN 10 : HARVARD:32044020284014
  • Total Read : 87
  • File Size : 17,8 Mb

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