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About Life

Concepts in Modern Biology

  • Makes modern cell biology comprehensible to the non-specialist

  • Integrates cell biology with origin-of-life theories

  • Adopts a distinctive position in respect of extraterrestrial life and human uniqueness

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 1-6
  3. Ingredients of the Simplest Cells

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 8-15
  4. Bigger Cells

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 17-27
  5. Hives of Industry

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 29-38
  6. Delights of Transport

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 39-48
  7. As If Standing Still

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 49-55
  8. Internal State and Gene Expression

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 57-65
  9. Sustaining and Changing the Internal State

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 67-77
  10. Responding to the Environment

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 79-89
  11. The Living State

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 91-103
  12. Stability and Change in DNA

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 105-115
  13. The Spice of Life

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 117-129
  14. Curriculum Vitae

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 131-145
  15. The Origin of Life

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 147-162
  16. Other Worlds

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 163-178
  17. Intelligent Behaviour and Brains

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 179-183
  18. Human Evolution

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 195-208
  19. Cells, Brains and Computers: Towards a Characterisation of Mind

    • Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 209-221
  20. Back Matter

    Pages 223-244

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.

Keywords

  • DNA
  • Homeostasis
  • biology
  • ecosystems
  • environment
  • evolution
  • extraterrestrial life
  • gene expression
  • genes
  • life sciences
  • molecular biology
  • natural selection
  • origin of life
  • prokaryotes
  • the origin

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)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Theoretical and Cell Biology Consultancy, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K.

    Paul S. Agutter

  • BioMedES, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, U.K.

    Denys N. Wheatley

Bibliographic Information

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eBook USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-5418-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 79.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)