What Is Life? with Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches

What Is Life with Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches What Is Life is a non fiction science book written for the lay reader by physicist Erwin Schr dinger The book was based on a course of public lectures delivered by Schr dinger in February at

  • Title: What Is Life? with Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches
  • Author: Erwin Schrödinger Roger Penrose
  • ISBN: 9780521427081
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • What Is Life is a 1944 non fiction science book written for the lay reader by physicist Erwin Schr dinger The book was based on a course of public lectures delivered by Schr dinger in February 1943 at Trinity College, Dublin Schr dinger s lecture focused on one important question how can the events in space and time which take place within the spatial boundary of a liWhat Is Life is a 1944 non fiction science book written for the lay reader by physicist Erwin Schr dinger The book was based on a course of public lectures delivered by Schr dinger in February 1943 at Trinity College, Dublin Schr dinger s lecture focused on one important question how can the events in space and time which take place within the spatial boundary of a living organism be accounted for by physics and chemistry In the book, Schr dinger introduced the idea of an aperiodic crystal that contained genetic information in its configuration of covalent chemical bonds In the 1950s, this idea stimulated enthusiasm for discovering the genetic molecule and would give both Francis Crick and James Watson initial inspiration in their research.

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    1. I am convinced that theoretical physicists are the true mystics of our age. Being, on the whole, smart people, they have developed some useful tricks to reduce the occupational hazards of their calling; the most dangerous of these hazards is the ever-present possibility of being killed by an angry mob who object to having their normal view of the world unexpectedly turned upside-down. Mystics have always been in the habit of evading their pursuers by using language which is difficult for the uni [...]

    2. I love reading explanations of biology from physicists; what once were magic and collections of 'just-so' stories become explanations of how and why processes occur the way they do. This book was single-handedly responsible for convincing dozens of physicists to chase issues biological and given I already had the bug, I figured it would be interesting to see what sparked it in so many others.Here's the conversation that runs through my brain when I think about this book:The Children: Grandpa Sch [...]

    3. Can Physics account fully for the mysteries of Biology? This is what Schrödinger wants to know. He ends up writing something half-mystical, half-radical and fully-confusing, as Manny says in another review to this book. Now the beauty of any sufficiently confusing book by a good/great scientist is that it is capable of triggering inspiration many times over. These lectures which are mostly musings on a nascent new branch of science (genetics) in the light of another nascent new branch of scienc [...]

    4. A magnificent book that approaches philosophy with strong scientific knowledge. In today's world where Rockstar scientists not only shamelessly disregard philosophy, but speak of its irrelevance, this book plays an important role fusing together Science and philosophy.If you're a layman like me, do not worry since the book has been written to be understood by those with minimal scientific knowledge. Its a book meant to challenge your mind metaphysically and not arithmetically. Schrödinger explo [...]

    5. A naive physicist honestly ponders upon the mysteries of life, he just happens to be Erwin Schrodinger. However a word of warning, this book may be disconcerting to the truly naive physicist. Schrodinger admits the inability of physics to comprehend the living organism, the need for extra-physical laws to explain life as it is. However, he lays a groundwork based on existing physical laws to come to terms with life and going along his train of thought also happens to predict the existence of DNA [...]

    6. It's incredible how ignorant we still are of our beings. Scientists like to pretend that they have figured out how we function, how we perceive the world the way we do. But the reality is that we still have no clue how our most essential qualities work: How do our minds convert physical properties (photons, sound waves, substances, etc.) into sensations? Where do our emotions and desires come from? How can basic nerve cells bring about consciousness? How can a more or less deterministic system t [...]

    7. This along with Heisenberg's "Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science" and "Philosophical Problems of Quantum Physics" are what you want to read instead of "The Tao Of Physics" and "Dancing Wu Li Masters."

    8. Schrodinger wrote “What is Life?” in 1944, just a few years before Watson and Crick's discovery of DNA's structure. Schrodinger, a physicist writing about the fundamental juncture between life and non-life, flirts with a quantum theory of biology where mutations behave in “jump-like” fashion. Moving through evolutionary time as whole units leads, he believes, to life's stability in the face of ever-present forces of entropy. At its core, because of this stability, life is an effective co [...]

    9. A well thought out paper by a brilliant physicist.Would have given it five stars, but it happened to be remedial for me, but it may be more informative to you, so check it out!It's sort of eerie to hear Schrodinger contemplate with fascination and wonder something so obvious today as the nature of the DNA molecule.He gets a lot of stuff right, considering he's going on very limited evidence.Sometimes he plays devil's advocate in too convincing a way, a befuddling habit.His conclusion, mainly reg [...]

    10. Pound-for-pound, quite possibly the most exciting book (outside of math/CS textbooks) I've ever read. Every home should have a copy.

    11. ترجمه‌ی بد، بدون هیچ ویرایشی، حتی گذاشتن ویرگولم دریغ شده! حیف چنین کتابی

    12. WHAT IS LIFE?: The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell. (1944, this ed. 2000). Erwin Schroedinger. ****. This edition was a reprint from The Folio Society, with an introduction by Roger Penrose. Schroedinger (1887-1961) was a Viennese physicist and mathematician who was an early pioneer in the development of quantum mechanics. I remember my graduate course in Quantum Mechanics in 1962, and still shiver when I think of the Schroedinger Equation and all of the hand calculations involved in its use. [...]

    13. This is one of those books which can give new ideas to anyone. No wonder Watson and crick discovered [plagiarised] the structure of DNA shortly after reading this book (causality? Maybe). A physicist explaining biology is what this book is about. The central premise of this book is the question "can physics and chemistry account for all that happens in biology". At first sight, one may say yes, because well, it has to! But then schrodinger come in and tells us how our answer is flawed and points [...]

    14. I read this almost 10 years ago and it was time to reread and think on it some more. This book consists of both What is Life and Mind and Matter. In What is Life, Schrödinger attempts to provide a new understanding of living organisms by using thermodynamics as a backdrop. Life seems so organized. If it were subject to the second law of thermodynamics, we would expect that molecules would decay to lower energy states. They do not. In fact they remain at higher energy states through the lifespan [...]

    15. Wonderful book, a rare example of a scientist who's also a brilliant thinker. Ideas are lucid and explained even though he is dealing with paradoxes concerning both science and philosophy. Easily best scientific discourse on philosophy.

    16. Pros:-Many concrete physical ideas of life in 1930s-Good for seeing how limited but still useful physics theories are at that time.Cons:-His language is a bit difficult to read.-Some discovery during the last century have appended details beyond this old book.

    17. Regarding energy, this book has negative entropy therefore adding order to human knowledge. It also provoked a profitable and permanent mutation on science. This Schrodinger guy was witty and every sentence in this text has a purpose; it was a great pleasure read such lucid reflection.

    18. اصل کتاب حیات چیست رساله‌ایست کوتاه از شرودینگر که حاصل سخنرانیهایش در ترینیتی کالج است . اثری بسیار مهم که البته نشر مولی سالها قبل با ترجمه‌ای بسیار بد منتشرش کرد. این یکی کتاب ترجمه‌ای به مراتب بهتر و همچنان ثقیل و گاه با اشکال دارد که همراه با کتاب دیگری که مجموعه‌ی مقال [...]

    19. Epochs in the physicist's world and eternalness of mathematical truth, combined with the general person's innate curiosity towards life, meeting at intersections of evolutionary biology and philosophy,It offers a quite honest, unique and refreshing perspective to the physicist's understanding of life, especially, while leading to the debate on consciousness and mind, where the battle supposedly has to include the wisdom traditions of east or mysticism, or more specifically the unified theory in [...]

    20. Erwin Schrödinger: The man and his visionThis is another great work of Erwin Schrodinger which gives an insight into the biology of life from a physicist's perspective that inspired scientists like; Francis Crick who discovered the structure of DNA, J.B.S. Haldane, and Roger Penrose. It is clear from this work and other books of Schrodinger that he was one of the few physicists who deeply thought of the inner most secrets of life. This book is divided into two parts: What's Life (7 chapters) an [...]

    21. This book, which examines the physical basis of life, forms a part of the same mid-twentieth century information revolution as Claude Shannon's information theory, Norbert Wiener's cybernetics and John von Neumann's automata theory. It first asks, why atoms are so small compared to a human, or alternatively, why humans are so large compared to an atom, and answers that in a much smaller being quantum randomness and atomic discreteness (the analog of shot noise in electronics) would destroy life- [...]

    22. Erwin Schrodinger was an Austrian physicist, biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Darwinist, author, and professor (this list merely scratches the surface). In this book, Schrodinger tackles the mystery of organic life. He discusses the application of universal physical laws on the organism, but points out that life has a way of working with its own rules as well.His explanation and application of the laws of thermodynamics and statistical order are accessible to the layperson. Hi [...]

    23. I've been meaning to pick up "What is Life?" for a few years now, but it wasn't until a chance conversation with a brilliant scientist in Israel that I pulled the trigger. Having now finished this work, I can really appreciate how Shrodinger influenced famous molecular biologists from the 20th century.The first comment I must offer is that this is probably my favorite book from all the ones I've read these past 12 months. That said, this book isn't for everybody.In this collection of writings, S [...]

    24. I decided to get this book for two reasons. First, my dad had a little book written by Schrodinger (Mi concepción del mundo) and I really liked it (Have you ever wondered what one of the greatest physicist ever thinks about the world? If you do you should really give this one a try). Secondly, while I was reading the book DNA by James Watson, he talked a lot about how he read What is life? before making his famous discovery of the structure of DNA.If you are interested in philosophy and science [...]

    25. Ah, life, ever so intriguing. • While within other matter "only in the cooperation of an enormously large number of atoms do statistical laws begin to operate and control the behaviour of these assemblées with an accuracy increasing as the number of atoms involved increases", the ability of genetic molecules consisting of relatively smaller numbers of atoms to achieve great orders of complexity seems perplexingly defiant. •All matter tends toward the state of thermodynamical equilibrium, or [...]

    26. This is perhaps the best book I have read about the philosophy of physics and the scientific method. The analysis about the way quantum world affected the biological world and genes is amazing. Mind over matter inspires one to see that the interpretation of science is merely a product of our mind. Last but not the least, I loved this line from his autobiographical sketches "I must refrain from drawing a complete picture of my life, as I am not good at telling stories; besides, I would have to le [...]

    27. I'm reviewing this having read only the first section, What is Life? I'm putting the rest on stand-by and may not get to it any time soon since what I have is a library copy.It wasn't quite what I expected, but I learned a bit about how quantum mechanics is actually at the base of what makes life possible (and not in a ridiculous Deepak Chopra way either). I can see why the field of molecular biology would be so fascinating to those who would come after, using Schrodinger's "aperiodic crystal" a [...]

    28. It is one of those books that acts as a bridge between biology, physics and chemistry, explained for a layman. Even then, I found some portions of the book a little difficult to comprehend. I think it is more to do with the sentence construction used in the book and not actually because of the complexity of the ideas conveyed. Complex ideas are explained in very simple manner, by using great analogies in various cases. In all, it is a great book which, I believe, should be made available to high [...]

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