Life on the Edge [E–pub New]


  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • Life on the Edge
  • Johnjoe McFadden
  • English
  • 16 February 2020
  • 9780307986818

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Life on the Edge Free read ê 6 Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology the remarkable truth remains nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material Life remains the only way to make life Are we still missing a vital ingredient in its creation      Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene which provided a new perspective on how evolution works Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics Bringi. McFadden and Al Khalili explore the role of uantum mechanics in living organisms This new field of uantum biology is finding that life lies on the edge between classical and uantum physics thus the title of the book The authors do not believe in any spiritual or mystical influences rather they dig deeply into biochemistry They identify specific situations in which the uantum properties of electrons and protons influence organic processes McFadden and Al Khalili explain without math the relevant attributes of the uantum world wave particle duality uantum tunneling superposition and entanglement They begin each case with a story and then delve into the chemistry and physics behind it How does the European robin find its way each year from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and back How does the Monarch butterfly make its way across North America to its winter hideout in the mountains of Mexico Monarchs and the European robin have the protein cryptochrome enabling them to navigate using the earth s magnetic field I was struck by the fact that the monarchs that return every summer are the grandchildren of those that left The monarchs breed in route and their progeny continue the journey somehow knowing the way The authors note that many animals plants and even microbes use cryptochrome for magnetic field detection Cryptochrome contains free radicals molecules with an unpaired electron in the outer shell Particles in cryptochrome molecules can align their spin to the earth s magnetic field allowing the robins and monarchs to detect the way towards or away from the euator McFadden and Al Kahlili explain the uantum property of spin to help us understand how cryptochrome works It s counterintuitive uantum spin is not like anything we are familiar with in the macro world A particle s spin can be one direction or the other up or down or it can spin in both directions at the same time superposition Pairs of electrons forming chemical bonds become entangled so that when one changes its spin state so does the other Until measured both electrons are in superposition spinning both up and down at the same time When either one is measured both change to a single spin direction instantaneously Fascinatingly the spin of entangled particles stay coordinated even after the bond is broken and they are separated by large distances The author s explain how changes to the uantum state of spin signal to the organism the orientation of the magnetic field It s complicated The book provides the detailsMcFadden and Al Khalili illustrate the amazing complexity of life with the example of the single cell In the emerging field of synthetic biology when scientists create an amino acid or sugar they create one product at a time The authors go on This is not an easy task and reuires careful control of many different conditions inside customized flasks condensers separation columns filtration devices and other elaborate chemical apparatusesYet every cell in your body is continually synthesizing thousands of distinct biochemicals within a reaction chamber filled with just a few millionths of a microliter of fluid How do all those diverse reactions proceed concurrently And how is all this molecular action orchestrated within a microscopic cell This is a profound mysteryAmong the many important substances cells manufacture are enzymes These are protein catalysts that speed the cell s many chemical reactions For example collagenase is essential to deconstruct unneeded or damaged collagen and construct new collagen It performs its operations in nanoseconds with stunning efficiency Good to know since collagen holds our trillions of cells together Collagenase strategically places a positively charged zinc atom and a negatively charged oxygen atom to break exiting chemical bonds and form new ones But is electrical charge the only force this nanomachine uses The authors hold that uantum tunneling is also used to move electrons into position In their uantum state electrons are both particles and waves and their wave function gives them a probability of being found on the other side of a chemical barrier perhaps electric charge or just empty space The authors also hold that uantum tunneling is also used in cellular respiration an extremely complex process cells use to derive energy from food Whether life evolved to use uantum tunneling or it just was a lucky addition is debated The authors explore the details of uantum mechanics reviewing in detail the double slit experiments that show wave particle duality They also explain coherence the state in which particles maintain their uantum nature Decoherence is the state in which particles operate in a classical manner Until observed particles in the double slit experiment have coherence and take all possible routes to their destination Observation causes decoherence in the double slit experiment and one route only is taken The bustling movement of neighboring particles can also cause decoherence Thus the particles that make up living things which are densely packed have been assumed to operate as classical particles not uantum ones The author s then review experiments that show examples of coherence most notably in photosynthesis in bacteria They believe that in photosynthesis some particles are actually operating as uantum computers exploring all possible paths at once to route electrons the uickest way to their destination Again the book provides the details McFadden and Al Khalili look into the sense of smell The prevailing theory is that the olfactory receptors recognize molecules of certain shapes working like a lock and key When there is a fit the receptors signal the brain However the authors think is involved They believe the vibrational freuency in the atomic bonds of molecules distinguish what we smell Both the shape theory and the uantum level theory which may involve uantum tunneling have had holes punched in them The latest seems to be that both processes are at work Detailed explanations are in the bookThe authors explore whether uantum effects are involved DNA mutations They note the weak hydrogen bonds between base pairs of the nucleotides that make up DNA The hydrogen ion is a shared proton that normally lies closer to one of the nucleotides but rarely it moves to the other side Is this due to uantum tunneling McFadden and Al Khalili consider uantum tunneling in enzymes to be proven so why could it not also take place in DNA Could this be one cause of mutations that lead to evolutionary change The authors don t claim to have a definitive answer but clearly are intrigued by the possibility Consciousness has received a lot of attention as subject to uantum influences The authors examine a couple of specific processes but eschew telepathy and other paranormal theories The rapid firing of neurons underlies body movement and consciousness McFadden and Al Khalili look at potassium ions that move through ion channels in neuronal cell membranes at the fantastic rate of one hundred million per second They wonder whether these ions may be in coherent states with wave like properties that would foster their great speed They also consider the idea that the electromagnetic field created by all the brain s neuronal activity in turn synchronizes neuronal firing which is indicative of consciousness While they are very interested in new research on these ideas they don t reach a conclusion as to their validity The authors end by speculating about possible uantum influences in the origin of life and even how it may be applied in the creation of synthetic life There is a fair amount of speculation throughout the book but some of their assertions seem well supported and accepted They provide very detailed explanations for their positions and cite supporting experiments and concurrence by other scientists At a minimum McFadden and Al Khalili make the case for expanded research in this emerging area of study This would hardly be the first time that scientific proposals once dismissed as too far out turned out to be true

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Life on the Edge Free read ê 6 Ng together first hand experience at the cutting edge of science with unparalleled gifts of explanation Jim Al Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal that missing ingredient to be uantum mechanics; the phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences Drawing on recent ground breaking experiments around the world each chapter in Life on the Edge engages by illustrating one of life's puzzles How do migrating birds know where to go How do we really smell the scent of a rose How do our genes copy the. I have a problem with most of the new science books that I ve been reading lately They really aren t saying anything new and when they do they seem to enter into woo woo land The authors demonstrate nicely how certain biological processes such as the internal magnetic compass of a certain kind of Robin the photosynthesis in plants the universal energy currency of life ATP the enzyme process and how the sense of smell can all be thought best in terms of uantum mechanicsThose examples make up the first half of the book My problem with the book is the second half All objective knowledge can be broken down into the subatomic uantum mechanical level but that doesn t mean they should be The authors go off the rails and enter the land of woo with ascribing the origins of life the genetic code in general and mutations in particular and our consciousness as best understood by uantum mechanical processes As much as the next person I love the mysteries of the uantum world but I don t want to reduce the process understudy down to that level unless it is absolutely necessary I really get tired at how many authors including these refer to the problem of consciousness as the hard problem There have been many strides lately on understanding consciousness but mixing it with the woo woo of physics the way a Depak Chopra would is never the right approachIt is a pity This book had a lot going for it in the beginning because the authors as biologist really know how to explain the physics The authors tell the listener in very clear terms what Feynman meant by all the mysteries of physics are contained within the double slit experiment Everyone who reads books like this one should take the time and trouble and look up the Feynman Lectures on the Character of Physical Law on Youtube seven of the happiest hours I ever spent This book explains the double split experiment the particlewave duality the measurement problem and specifically for the book uantum tunneling entanglement coherence and superposition Also the authors really knew how to explain the steps in the scientific process a biologist needs in order to reach coherent consistent and non contradictory conclusionsI m still looking for new popular science books that teach me things I don t already know and which don t enter into the land of woo


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    Free read Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Johnjoe McFadden Life on the Edge [E–pub New] McFadden and Al Khalili explore the role of uantum mechanics in living organisms This new field of uantum biology is finding that life lies on the edge between classical and uantum physics thus the title of the book The authors do not believe in any spiritual or mystical influences rather they dig deeply into biochemistry They identify specific situations in which the uantum properties of electrons and protons influence

  4. says: Life on the Edge [E–pub New] Free read Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Johnjoe McFadden review Life on the Edge

    Free read Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Johnjoe McFadden Life on the Edge [E–pub New] What lies beyond the molecular level? Where we can not see Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review Just if you might be interestedThe motor of life seems to be complicated than ex

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    Life on the Edge [E–pub New] For a long time it was believed that scientists could only study uantum mechanics at absolute zero in their labs Yet in recent years excellent evidence of uantum mechanics at work in humans birds plants and other living things has

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    Life on the Edge [E–pub New] I have a problem with most of the new science books that I've been reading lately They really aren't saying anything new and when they do they seem to enter into woo woo land The authors demonstrate nicely how certain biological processes such as the internal magnetic compass of a certain kind of Robin the photosynthesis in plants the universal energy currency of life ATP the enzyme process and how the sense of

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    review Life on the Edge Life on the Edge [E–pub New] Johnjoe McFadden ó 6 Free download I absolutely loved this book The subject is fascinating and it's written in an easy to read style that is very layman friendly There's a sprinkling of humour and the prose even borders on the poetic in placesThe examples the authors choose to illustrate the concepts they are trying to teach are excellently chosen and really held my

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    review Life on the Edge Life on the Edge [E–pub New] A wonderful book describing wonderful thingsScience is not my strongest area in learning but this book makes clear an opaue to me part of physics which usually is understood through mathematics and specialized scientific euipment able to view or measure particles of atoms As a book written for the general reader it does not have a l

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