About Life

Concepts in Modern Biology

Authors: Agutter, Paul S., Wheatley, Denys N.

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-5418-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-5417-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.
Softcover $69.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-7363-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This book uses modern biological knowledge to tackle the question: "What distinguishes living organisms from the non-living world?" In the first few chapters, the authors draw on recent advances in cell and molecular biology to develop an account of the "living state" that applies to all organisms, but only to organisms. Subsequent chapters use this account to explore questions about evolution, the origin of life and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Towards the end of the book the authors consider human evolution, intelligence and the extent to which our species can be regarded as biologically unique. About Life is written as far as possible in non-technical language; all scientific terms are explained straightforwardly when they are introduced. It is aimed at the general, non-specialist reader, but the novel approach that it takes to general issues in biology will also interest students of the life sciences.

Reviews

From the reviews:

I have read some of the chapters and I am most impressed. It is well written, scholarly and deals with the subject in "4-D" i.e. not as we know it now but as knowledge developed in time. For me, who has lived through the development of the subject since the late 1960s and reviewed the literature as far back as Hippocrates, it was like reading a novel that I could not put down.

Prof. A Nicolaides MS FRCS

"This delightfully written book addresses major questions and some of the biggest ideas in biology today. … The book is moderately well-illustrated with photomicrographs and line drawings … . The book includes numerous insightful analogies and covers somewhat offbeat topics that an instructor could easily adapt to enliven classroom presentations. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above." (P. E. Hertz, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (2), 2007)


Table of contents (2 chapters)

  • Ingredients of the Simplest Cells

    Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley

    Pages 8-15

  • The Living State

    Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley

    Pages 91-103

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-5418-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-5417-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.
Softcover $69.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-7363-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
About Life
Book Subtitle
Concepts in Modern Biology
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5418-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5418-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5417-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7363-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 244
Topics