Life s Edge

“Stories that both dazzle and edify… This book is not just about life, but about discovery itself.

Life s Edge

Life s Edge

“Carl Zimmer is one of the best science writers we have today.” —Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world—from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses—the harder they find it is to locate life’s edge. Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the apple sitting on your kitchen counter alive, or is only the apple tree it came from deserving of the word? If we can’t answer that question here on earth, how will we know when and if we discover alien life on other worlds? The question hangs over some of society’s most charged conflicts—whether a fertilized egg is a living person, for example, and when we ought to declare a person legally dead. Life's Edge is an utterly fascinating investigation that no one but one of the most celebrated science writers of our generation could craft. Zimmer journeys through the strange experiments that have attempted to re-create life. Literally hundreds of definitions of what that should look like now exist, but none has yet emerged as an obvious winner. Lists of what living things have in common do not add up to a theory of life. It's never clear why some items on the list are essential and others not. Coronaviruses have altered the course of history, and yet many scientists maintain they are not alive. Chemists are creating droplets that can swarm, sense their environment, and multiply. Have they made life in the lab? Whether he is handling pythons in Alabama or searching for hibernating bats in the Adirondacks, Zimmer revels in astounding examples of life at its most bizarre. He tries his own hand at evolving life in a test tube with unnerving results. Charting the obsession with Dr. Frankenstein's monster and how Coleridge came to believe the whole universe was alive, Zimmer leads us all the way into the labs and minds of researchers working on engineering life from the ground up.

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Life's Edge
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Carl Zimmer
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-09 - Publisher: Penguin

“Carl Zimmer is one of the best science writers we have today.” —Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world—from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses—the harder they find
Living on Life's Edge Without Going over It
Language: en
Pages: 148
Authors: Donna M. Dean
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-10-06 - Publisher: AuthorHouse

This book is true life experiences of Donna Dean. Her goal is to help people understand and develop a true meaning to life. This book is to encourage, enlighten, give hope and answers to lifes problems. She understands how to feel when problems come your way. She shares her love,
The Horror Beyond Life's Edge: 560+ Macabre Classics, Supernatural Mysteries & Dark Tales
Language: en
Pages: 23204
Authors: Mary Shelley, H. P. Lovecraft, H. G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Hugh Walpole, M. R. James, Wilkie Collins, E. F. Benson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, William Hope Hodgson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Grant Allen, Bram Stoker, Théophile Gautier, Richard Marsh, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Guy de Maupassant, Elizabeth Gaskell, Mark Twain, Daniel Defoe, Jerome K. Jerome, Fitz-James O'Brien, Catherine Crowe, Émile Erckmann, Alexandre Chatrian, Pedro De Alarçon, Amelia B. Edwards, Washington Irving, John Meade Falkner, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Louisa M. Alcott, Edith Nesbit, Mary Louisa Molesworth, Francis Marion Crawford, John Kendrick Bangs, John Buchan, Sabine Baring-Gould, Cleveland Moffett, Louis Tracy, Nikolai Gogol, James Malcolm Rymer, Thomas Peckett Prest, Frederick Marryat, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, W. W. Jacobs, H. H. Munro (Saki), Wilhelm Hauff, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Robert W. Chambers, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Thomas De Quincey, William Makepeace Thackeray, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Robert E. Howard, David Lindsay, Marie Belloc Lowndes, Edward Bellamy, Jack London, Pliny the Younger, Helena Blavatsky, Fergus Hume, Florence Marryat, Villiers de l'Isle Adam, William Archer, William F. Harvey, Katherine Rickford, Ralph Adams Cram, Leopold Kompert, Brander Matthews, Vincent O'Sullivan, Ellis Parker Butler, A. T. Quiller-Couch, Fiona Macleod, Lafcadio Hearn, William T. Stead, Gambier Bolton, Andrew Jackson Davis, Nizida, Walter F. Prince, Chester Bailey Fernando, Leonard Kip, Frank R. Stockton, Bithia Mary Croker, Catherine L. Pirkis, Leonid Andreyev, Anatole France, Richard Le Gallienne, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Horace Walpole, William Thomas Beckford, Matthew Gregory Lewis, Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, John William Polidori, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Walter Hubbell, George W. M. Reynolds, M. P. Shiel, Adelbert von Chamisso
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-25 - Publisher: e-artnow

Are you ready to step over the edge? This grand horror collection contains the greatest supernatural mysteries, gothic novels, dark romances & macabre tales: Bram Stoker: Dracula The Squaw… John William Polidori: The Vampyre James Malcolm Rymer & Thomas Peckett Prest: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street Washington
Life's Edge
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Carl Zimmer
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021 - Publisher: Penguin

"We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world-from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses-the harder they find it is to locate life's edge"--
Over Life's Edge
Language: en
Pages: 245
Authors: Victoria Cross
Categories: Science
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