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What is Life? The Eternal Enigma by Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan, Niles Eldredge
  

What is Life? The Eternal Enigma

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What is Life? The Eternal Enigma by Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan, Niles Eldredge

Half a century ago, before the discovery of DNA, the Austrian physicist and philosopher Erwin Schrodinger inspired a generation of scientists by rephrasing the fascinating philosophical question: What is life? Using their expansive understanding of recent science to wonderful effect, acclaimed authors Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan revisit this timeless question in a fast-moving, wide-ranging narrative that combines rigorous science with philosophy, history, and poetry. The authors move deftly across a dazzling array of topics--from the dynamics of the bacterial realm, to the connection between sex and death, to theories of spirit and matter. They delve into the origins of life, offering the startling suggestion that life--not just human life--is free to act and has played an unexpectedly large part in its own evolution. Transcending the various formal concepts of life, this captivating book offers a unique overview of life's history, essences, and future. Supplementing the text are stunning illustrations that range from the smallest known organism (Mycoplasma bacteria) to the largest (the biosphere itself). Creatures both strange and familiar enhance the pages of What Is Life? Their existence prompts readers to reconsider preconceptions not only about life but also about their own part in it.

Reviews

A masterpiece of science writing. . . . You will cherish What Is Life? because it is so rich in poetry and science, in the service of profound philosophical questions. --Mitchell Thomashow, Orion


About the Author

Lynn Margulis is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of more than one hundred articles and ten books, including Symbiosis and Cell Evolution (second edition 1993). Dorion Sagan, general partner of Sciencewriters, is the author of Biospheres (1990). Together they are the authors of Microcosmos (California, 1996), What Is Sex? (1990), Garden of Microbial Delights (1995), and Mystery Dance (1991).

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Publication date

25th August 2000

Author

Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan, Niles Eldredge

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Publisher

University of California Press

Format

Paperback
330 pages

Categories

Popular science
Biology, life sciences

ISBN

9780520220218

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