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What is Life?

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Oxfam Books & Music London This little book by the famous scientist is based on lectures he delivered at Trinity College, Dublin in February 1943. In the Preface, he explains that his aim is to 'venture on a synthesis of facts and theories, albeit with second-hand and incomplete knowledge of some of them - and at the risk of making [a] fools of [myself]'. This he is attempting because he is conscious that science has progressed far beyond the days when individuals might aspire to 'universal' knowledge - now it has become almost 'impossible for a single mind fully to command more than a small specialized portion of [knowledge]'. Chapters include "The Hereditary Mechanism", "The Quantum-Mechanical Evidence", "Order, Disorder and Entropy", as well as the final, crucial question "Is Life based on the Laws of Physics?" Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger (1887–1961) was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist specialising in quantum theory (the basis of wave mechanics). He wrote widely on various fields of physics: statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, physics of dielectrics, colour theory, electrodynamics, general relativity, and cosmology, and tried several times to construct a unified field theory. He was interested in the philosophical aspects of science, ancient and oriental philosophical concepts, ethics, and religion, and also wrote on philosophy and theoretical biology. His "Schrödinger's cat" thought-experiment is now perhaps the most widely-known aspect of his work. Our book is in excellent condition, minus a dust-jacket (?as issued), and bound in blue-green cloth with gilt title etc on the spine. The exterior is in very nice condition considering its age, with only some slight bumping of corners, some light shelf wear to top & tail of the spine, some bowing of the front cover and some small irregularities of the cover edges, here and there. Inside, the binding is firm, all pages are clean and bright, and the book appears unused. See Oxfam website for delivery information

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