What is Life? The physical aspect of the living cell
What is Life? The physical aspect of the living cell

SCHRÖDINGER, Erwin. What is Life? The physical aspect of the living cell.

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SCHRÖDINGER, Erwin. What is Life? The physical aspect of the living cell. Cambridge: University Press. 1944.

8vo. Original cloth and wrapper; pp. viii + 91, 4 photographic plates, text diagrams; dustwrapper a little browned, internally near fine.
First edition. Schrödinger's sole foray into biology, based on his knowledge of the physics of particles, produced a crucially important work that has been cited by both Francis Crick and James Watson as a source of inspiration. He posits an 'aperiodic crystal' that contains genetic information within its covalent chemical bonds. The 'heredity molecule' was not, at this point, known to be DNA; scientists were instead experimenting with proteins. Schrödinger's theoretical prediction pointed researchers in a new, and ultimately correct, direction.

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