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The Touchstone of Life: Molecular Information, Cell Communication, and the Foundations of Life

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In The Touchstone of Life, eminent biophysicist Werner Loewenstein seeks answers to ancient riddles by applying information theory to recent discoveries in molecular biology. Taking us into a microscopic world, he lays bare an all-pervading communication network inside and between our cells – a web of extraordinary beauty, where molecular information flows in gracefully interlaced circles. Loewenstein then takes us on a journey along that web and we meet the macromolecules, and see how they capture information from their surrounds.

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Loewenstein is renowned for his discoveries in cell communication and biological information transfer. He applies information theory to recent findings in molecular biology and reveals the communication network inside and between our cells, offering a view of a hidden world where molecular information turns the wheels of life. He tracks this process backwards some 3 billion years to usher in a ground- breaking principle of evolution. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Synopsis:

No one can escape a sense of wonder when looking at an organism from within. From the humblest amoeba to man, from the smallest cell organelle to the amazing human brain, life presents us with example after example of highly ordered cellular matter, precisely organized and shaped to perform coordinated functions. But where does this order spring from? How does a living organism manage to do what nonliving things cannot do--bring forth and maintain all that order against the unrelenting, disordering pressures of the universe?

In The Touchstone of Life, world-renowned biophysicist Werner Loewenstein seeks answers to these ancient riddles by applying information theory to recent discoveries in molecular biology. Taking us into a fascinating microscopic world, he lays bare an all-pervading communication network inside and between our cells--a web of extraordinary beauty, where molecular information flows in gracefully interlaced circles. Loewenstein then takes us on an exhilarating journey along that web and we meet its leading actors, the macromolecules, and see how they extract order out of the erratic quantum world; and through the powerful lens of information theory, we are let in on their trick, the most dazzling of magician's acts, whereby they steal form out of formlessness.

The Touchstone of Life flashes with fresh insights into the mystery of life. Boldly straddling the line between biology and physics, the book offers a breathtaking view of that hidden world where molecular information turns the wheels of life. Loewenstein makes these complex scientific subjects lucid and fascinating, as he sheds light on the most fundamental aspects of our existence.

About the Author

Werner R. Loewenstein was Professor of Physiology and Director of the Cell Physics Laboratory at Columbia University and is presently Director of the Laboratory of Cell Communication at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He lives in Woods Hole and Key Biscayne, Florida.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE: INFORMATION AND THE ORIGINS OF LIFE

1. Information and Organisms

2. The Cosmic Origins of Information

3. The Growth of the Cosmic Inheritance on Earth

4. From Energy to Bonds to Molecular Information/Entropy Balancing Act

5. The Three-Dimensional Carriers of Biological Information

6. The Growth of Biological Information

PART TWO: INFORMATION FLOW INSIDE CELLS

7. The Two Information Realms

8. The Game of Seek and Find

PART THREE: INFORMATION FLOW BETWEEN CELLS

9. Rules of the Intercellular Communication Game

10. The Broadcasting of Cellular Information

11. Intercellular Communication Cheek-by-Jowl

12. Intercellular Communication Via Channels in the Cell Membrane

13. Neuronal Communication, Neuronal Computation, and Conscious Thought

PART FOUR: THE SCIENCE OF THE PECULIAR

14. How Can You Explain So Wise an Old Bird in a Few Words?

Epilogue

Appendix: A Brief Chronicle of "Information"

Recommended Reading

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195118285
Author:
Loewenstein, Werner R.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Loewenstein, Werner R.
Author:
null, Werner R.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Cellular signal transduction
Subject:
Cell biology
Subject:
Cell interaction
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Cytology
Subject:
Life Sciences | Molecular
Subject:
Life Sciences | Molecular and Cell Biology
Subject:
Life Sciences | Molecular & Cell Biology
Subject:
Biology-Cytology and Cell Biology
Copyright:
Series Volume:
A Practical Approach
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 halftones, 54 linecuts
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.3 x 1.7 in 1.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , No one can escape a sense of wonder when looking at an organism from within. From the humblest amoeba to man, from the smallest cell organelle to the amazing human brain, life presents us with example after example of highly ordered cellular matter, precisely organized and shaped to perform coordinated functions. But where does this order spring from? How does a living organism manage to do what nonliving things cannot do--bring forth and maintain all that order against the unrelenting, disordering pressures of the universe?

In The Touchstone of Life, world-renowned biophysicist Werner Loewenstein seeks answers to these ancient riddles by applying information theory to recent discoveries in molecular biology. Taking us into a fascinating microscopic world, he lays bare an all-pervading communication network inside and between our cells--a web of extraordinary beauty, where molecular information flows in gracefully interlaced circles. Loewenstein then takes us on an exhilarating journey along that web and we meet its leading actors, the macromolecules, and see how they extract order out of the erratic quantum world; and through the powerful lens of information theory, we are let in on their trick, the most dazzling of magician's acts, whereby they steal form out of formlessness.

The Touchstone of Life flashes with fresh insights into the mystery of life. Boldly straddling the line between biology and physics, the book offers a breathtaking view of that hidden world where molecular information turns the wheels of life. Loewenstein makes these complex scientific subjects lucid and fascinating, as he sheds light on the most fundamental aspects of our existence.

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