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. Penguin: The Penguin Press Fall 2020
Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, February 2021
Product Dimensions: 8.3 L × 5.5 W × 0 H
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