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What Is Life?

By: Erwin Schrödinger,Roger Penrose - foreword
Narrated by: Bob Souer
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Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the 20th 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. Schrödinger 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 Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches. They offer a fascinating fragmentary account of his life as a background to his scientific writings, making this volume a valuable addition to the shelves of scientist and layman alike.

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An extraordinary look at life by a Physicist

One needs to read this book in context. Erwin Schrodinger was an Austrian physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of quantum wave theory in 1934 and was a pioneer of Quantum Theory.

This is not only a unique book because it shows biology and the complexity of Life through the eyes of a quantum physicist, but also through the inquisitive and rigorous lens of a theorist.

It is no wonder that this book was an inspiration to many prominent scientist of late 20th and early 21st century.

Fascinating in its explanation of life as an extension of chemistry and physics one cannot but be amazed at the collaboration of molecules in a symphony creating cells the basic building blocks of life.

This is mandatory reading for all scientists, and a true treasure in insightful critical thinking across many fields.

A highly recommended classic.

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Not for audio

This book is too complex for audio format. Better on paper with figures. Avoid audio version!

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Scientific Thinking At Its Very Best.

The only thing that parallels the quality of this writing is the quality of the reader. I listen to this book over and over - the clarity of Schrödinger, his thought and syntax style is inspiring.

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The narrator sounds like he has to finish the book before he can go pee. And he has to go real bad.

If the guy read any faster he would pass out from not being able to take a breath. Who knows what the book is about. Good Lord.

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illuminating and superb narration

the latin french and german was spot on, on top of the incredibly illuminating content in physics biology consciousness and philosophy. greatest questions of all time. spectacular..

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A rare and valued find

This book was published 2 mo before I was born almost 75 years ago. it's amazing how a great mind can make such accurate observations before Watson and Crick'. You'll find this confirmed in 'A Crack in Creation' by Doudna

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I did not care for this book. It was really dated material and I would not have finished it if it wasn't as short as it was. Even though I did finish it, I didn't really get anything out of it. Maybe it's me.

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very interesting book

i have enjoyed the book from cover to cover.... very influential book as well (acording tô Crick).
I recommend it syrongly

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We are life

This book unlock my heart! Thank you, Mr. Schopenhauer for leaving us with this blessing.

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Must Read/Listen

Listened to it 5 times already and still feel like I can listen again.

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