What is Life? (Hardback)
  • What is Life? (Hardback)

What is Life? (Hardback)

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Published: 03/09/2020
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In this absorbing and accessible book, Nobel prize-winning geneticist Paul Nurse explores five key ideas that form the basis of biology – and of life itself.

Life is all around us, abundant and diverse, it is extraordinary. But what does it actually mean to be alive?

Nobel prize-winner Paul Nurse has spent his career revealing how living cells work. In this book, he takes up the challenge of defining life in a way that every reader can understand. It is a shared journey of discovery; step by step he illuminates five great ideas that underpin biology.

He traces the roots of his own curiosity and knowledge to reveal how science works, both now and in the past. Using his personal experiences, in and out of the lab, he shares with us the challenges, the lucky breaks, and the thrilling eureka moments of discovery. To survive the challenges that face the human race today - from climate change, to pandemics, loss of biodiversity and food security - it is vital that we all understand what life is.

Publisher: David Fickling Books
ISBN: 9781788451406
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 186 x 119 x 24 mm


A beautifully written exploration of perhaps the most important question in science - Brian Cox

A nearly perfect guide to the wonder and complexity of existence - Bill Bryson

Paul Nurse is about as distinguished a scientist as there could be. He is also a great communicator. This book explains, in a way that is both clear and elegant, how the processes of life unfold - Philip Pullman

The writing is so spirited and knowledgeable - and the five sections so full of wondrous revelations - that I could not put it down - Siddhartha Mukherjee

It's the biggest question in biology. And this book represents the best answer I've ever seen. Paul Nurse is a rare life-form - a Nobel-winning scientist and a brilliant communicator - Alice Roberts

Paul Nurse provides a concise, lucid response to an age-old question. His writing is not just informed by long experience, but also wise, visionary and personal - Dava Sobel

Best Books of the Year 2020 - Financial Times

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“Ah, now I understand.....”

A simply structured but deeply informative explanation of that, for me, illusive, intangible question. Impeccably referenced, clearly written for non-academics like me. You will read it more than once. An annexe of... More

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