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What Sustains Life?

Consilient Mechanisms for Protein-Based Machines and Materials

Authors: Urry, Dan W.

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What Sustains Life? How can something so seemingly improbable and fragile as life exist in such hardy and resilient forms? The question has inspired intrigue among curious humans, from physicists to theologians, for centuries. Fascinated by this question, Dr Dan W. Urry, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, St Paul, begins his investigation into the sustenance of life through an examination of the fundamental design of elastic-contractile model proteins. What does an understanding of these mechanisms lend to the comprehension of life itself? Encapsulating three decades of Dr. Urry’s collaborative research and analysis, his initial investigation into the basis of life expands include an increasingly complex and diverse story that is part science, part personal memoir and wholly fascinating.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-27

  • What Sustains Life? An Overview

    Pages 28-69

  • The Pilgrimage: Highlights in Our Understanding of the Products and Components of Living Organisms

    Pages 70-93

  • Likelihood of Life’s Protein Machines: Extravagant in Construction Yet Efficient in Function

    Pages 94-101

  • Consilient Mechanisms for Diverse Protein-based Machines: The Efficient Comprehensive Hydrophobic Effect

    Pages 102-217

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eBook $179.00
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Hardcover $229.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What Sustains Life?
Book Subtitle
Consilient Mechanisms for Protein-Based Machines and Materials
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Birkhäuser Boston
eBook ISBN
978-0-8176-4562-5
DOI
10.1007/978-0-8176-4562-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-8176-4346-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 632
Number of Illustrations
224 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
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