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The Way of the Cell: Molecules, Organisms, and the Order of Life

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What is life? Fifty years after physicist Erwin Schrodinger posed this question in his celebrated and inspiring book, the answer remains elusive. In The Way of the Cell, one of the world's most respected microbiologists draws on his wide knowledge of contemporary science to provide fresh insight into this intriguing and all-important question.

What is the relationship of living things to the inanimate realm of chemistry and physics? How do lifeless but special chemicals come together to form those intricate dynamic ensembles that we recognize as life? To shed light on these questions, Franklin Harold focuses here on microorganisms--in particular, the supremely well-researched bacterium E. coli--because the cell is the simplest level of organization that manifests all the features of the phenomenon of life. Harold shows that as simple as they appear when compared to ourselves, every cell displays a dynamic pattern in space and time, orders of magnitude richer than its elements. It integrates the writhings and couplings of billions of molecules into a coherent whole, draws matter and energy into itself, constructs and reproduces its own order, and persists in this manner for numberless generations while continuously adapting to a changing world.

A cell constitutes a unitary whole, a unit of life, and in this volume one of the leading authorities on the cell gives us a vivid picture of what goes on within this minute precinct. The result is a richly detailed, meticulously crafted account of what modern science can tell us about life as well as one scientist's personal attempt to wring understanding from the tide of knowledge.

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Franklin M. Harold is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University. He lives in Edmonds, Washington.

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ISBN:
9780195163384
Author:
Harold, Franklin M.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Franklin M.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Cytology
Subject:
Life (biology)
Subject:
Cell biology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Cytology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Microbiology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Molecular Biology
Subject:
Life Sciences | Molecular
Subject:
Life Sciences | Molecular and Cell Biology
Subject:
Life Sciences | Molecular & Cell Biology
Subject:
Biology-Cytology and Cell Biology
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
v.28, no.7
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
34 line illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6 x 9.1 x 1 in 1.081 lb

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