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The equations of life : how physics shapes evolution, Charles S. Cockell

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The equations of life : how physics shapes evolution
Title
The equations of life
Title remainder
how physics shapes evolution
Statement of responsibility
Charles S. Cockell
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eng
Summary
"Any reader of science fiction or viewer of Star Trek will be awake to the dream that there may be life elsewhere in our universe that isn't like life here on Earth. Maybe, like E.T., it has new letters in its genetic alphabet! Maybe it's made of silicon! Maybe it gets around on wheels! Or maybe it doesn't. In The Equations of Life, biologist Charles Cockell makes the surprising argument that the Universe constrains life, making its evolutionary outcomes quite predictable-in short, if we were to find, on some distant planet, something very much like a lady bug eating something very much like an aphid that had itself just been feeding on the sap of something very much like a flower, we shouldn't at all be surprised. Considering the vast pantheon of creatures that have existed on Earth, from pterodactyls to sloths, it is tempting to think that the possibilities for life are limitless, and that a ladybug is a marvelous oddity. But as Cockell reveals, the forms and shapes of life are guided by a limited sets of rules. There is just a narrow set of mathematical solutions to the challenges of existence. Any natural environment usually has multiple challenges to survival in it, each associated to a physical equation"--
Summary
Presents a new view on the theory of evolution, arguing that the laws of physics narrowly constrain how life can evolve, making evolution's outcomes predictable
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10666999
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OU/DLC
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576.801
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
how physics shapes evolution
Label
The equations of life : how physics shapes evolution, Charles S. Cockell
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Life's silent commander -- Organising the multitudes -- The physics of the ladybird -- All creatures great and small -- Bundles of life -- The edge of life -- The code of life -- Of sandwiches and sulfur -- Water, the liquid of life -- Carbon, the atom of life -- Universal biology? -- The equations of life
Control code
1005563571
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 337 pages
Isbn
9781541617599
Lccn
2017056455
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1005563571
Label
The equations of life : how physics shapes evolution, Charles S. Cockell
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Life's silent commander -- Organising the multitudes -- The physics of the ladybird -- All creatures great and small -- Bundles of life -- The edge of life -- The code of life -- Of sandwiches and sulfur -- Water, the liquid of life -- Carbon, the atom of life -- Universal biology? -- The equations of life
Control code
1005563571
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 337 pages
Isbn
9781541617599
Lccn
2017056455
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1005563571

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