Science & Nature
What Is Life?
The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell With Mind and Matter & Autobiographical Sketches
Paperback ISBN: 0521427088
Nobel laureate Erwin SchrÃ¶dinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. A distinguished physicist's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology, it was written for the layman, but proved one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of the structure of DNA. The philosopher Karl Popper hailed it as a 'beautiful and important book' by 'a great man to whom I owe a personal debt for many exciting discussions'. It appears here together with Mind and Matter, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times. Schrodinger asks what place consciousness occupies in the evolution of life, and what part the state of development of the human mind plays in moral questions. Brought together with these two classics are SchrÃ¶dinger's autobiographical sketches, published and translated here for the first time. They offer a fascinating fragmentary account of his life as a background to his scientific writings, making this volume a valuable additon to the shelves of scientist and layman alike.
Labyrinths of Reason
Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge
Paperback ISBN: 0385242719
Explores the timeless question of how we know what we know by rethinking the paradoxes guiding our understanding in areas such as matter and antimatter, black holes and time travel
Basin and Range
Paperback ISBN: 0374516901
McPhee traces the geologic history of the region extending from eastern Utah to eastern California, juxtaposes descriptions of this terrain as it was eons ago with its contemporary features, and examines the plate tectonics revolution
The Foxfire Book
Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moon
Paperback ISBN: 0385073534
A vanishing way of life is captured in a study of the mountain folk of the Southern Appalachians