From matter to life: Information and causality

Sara Walker, Paul Davies, George F.R. Ellis

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Abstract

Recent advances suggest that the concept of information might hold the key to unravelling the mystery of life’s nature and origin. Fresh insights from a broad and authoritative range of articulate and respected experts focus on the transition from matter to life, and hence reconcile the deep conceptual schism between the way we describe physical and biological systems. A unique cross-disciplinary perspective, drawing on expertise from philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, and cognitive and social sciences, provides a new way to look at the deepest questions of our existence. This book addresses the role of information in life, and how it can make a difference to what we know about the world. Students, researchers, and all those interested in what life is and how it began will gain insights into the nature of life and its origins that touch on nearly every domain of science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages494
ISBN (Electronic)9781316584200
ISBN (Print)9781107150539
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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