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LIFE'S EDGE

Zimmer, Carl

Εκδότης Picador , ISBN 9781529069426

Acclaimed New York Times science writer Carl Zimmer (author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh) investigates what current science has to say on the most fundamental of questions: what is life? What does it mean to be alive?

We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world – from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses – the harder they find it is to locate the edges of life, where it begins and ends. What exactly does it mean to be alive? Is a virus alive? Is a foetus?

Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the apple sitting on your kitchen counter alive, or is only the apple tree it came from deserving of the word? If we can’t answer that question here on earth, how will we know when and if we discover alien life on other worlds? The question hangs over some of society’s most charged conflicts – whether a fertilized egg is a living person, for example, and when we ought to declare a person legally dead.

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Acclaimed New York Times science writer Carl Zimmer (author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh) investigates what current science has to say on the most fundamental of questions: what is life? What does it mean to be alive?

We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world – from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses – the harder they find it is to locate the edges of life, where it begins and ends. What exactly does it mean to be alive? Is a virus alive? Is a foetus?

Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the apple sitting on your kitchen counter alive, or is only the apple tree it came from deserving of the word? If we can’t answer that question here on earth, how will we know when and if we discover alien life on other worlds? The question hangs over some of society’s most charged conflicts – whether a fertilized egg is a living person, for example, and when we ought to declare a person legally dead.

Πληροφορίες προϊόντος

  • Συγγραφέας Zimmer, Carl
  • Eκδότης Picador
  • ISBN 9781529069426
  • Κωδικός Ευριπίδη 040100074128
  • Έτος κυκλοφορίας 2021
  • Σελίδες 0
  • Διαστάσεις
  • Βάρος 350 gr

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