Rainbow and the Worm, The: The Physics of Organisms (3rd Edition)

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This highly unusual book began as a serious inquiry into Schrdinger's question, "What is life?," and as a celebration of life itself. It takes the reader on a voyage of discovery through many areas of contemporary physics, from non-equilibrium thermodynamics and quantum optics to liquid crystals and fractals, all necessary for illuminating the problem of life. In the process, the reader is treated to a rare and exquisite view of the organism, gaining novel insights not only into the physics, but also into "the poetry and ...

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