Molecules: A Very Short Introduction

Molecules: A Very Short Introduction

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The processes in a single living cell are akin to that of a city teeming with molecular inhabitants that move, communicate, cooperate, and compete. In this Very Short Introduction, Philip Ball explores the role of the molecule in and around us - how, for example, a single fertilized egg can grow into a multi-celled Mozart, what makes spider's silk insoluble in the morning dew, and how this molecular dynamism is being captured in the laboratory, promising to reinvent chemistry as the central creative science of the century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.Yes, we can build a wall by hard manual labour a€“ but by the time we have finished, we will have radiated enough body heat to increase the disorderly ... This led the physicist Erwin SchrApdinger to suppose, in his book What is Life?, that the answer lay in the somewhat nebulous concept of a#39;negative ... This sounds suspiciously like a kind of vitalism dressed up as thermodynamics; and one still encountersanbsp;...

Title:Molecules: A Very Short Introduction
Author: Philip Ball
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2003-11-27

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