What is Life? (Paperback)
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What is Life? (Paperback)

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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: 9781788451420
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 197 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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, A Financial Times Best Book of the Year

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“Clear science writing”

This is an excellent account of Paul Nurse's work in genetics. Clearly written and engaging - I read it at a single sitting!
The only drawback is that there were no illustrations to help explain some complex...

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“Every School Library should have a copy”

This book is excellent and explains complex ideas of biological science simply for the layman. This inspirational book should be in every school library. It is easy to read and would inspire all pupils interested in... More

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“A pocket book of wonder!”

Pocket sized and wholly fascinating, this book is great for reading with a cup of tea or on the go. Easy flowing and accessible, this introduction to the magnificent subject of biology is awe-inspiring and humbling to... More

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