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As been discovered performing vital life sustaining functions with uantum physics Each chapter builds on the previous information described earlier in the book which allowed this reader to eep up But I recommend a consistent progression revisiting the book every day to read a chapter if you are not a science geek If the book is picked up days later from the last time one may have read it the reader might need to start over re reading again earlier chaptersI was astounded that the authors were able to describe such subjects as uantum photosynthesis and the electrical uantum activity of neurons in such a clear yet simple manner that someone not very scientific can understand these important new discoveries The last chapters are speculative but never irrationally so Instead I am as excited as the authors are to see if future uantum biology research will uncover about why we are alive and why rocks are not These discoveries are new to me because I graduated from college several decades ago I am very excited about being able to understand the uantum world a touch better through the examples given in each chapterI recommend The Coming Age of uantum Biology to those familiar with the slightly difficult science magazines and articles The material is made simple as possible but it is not dumbed down I have a problem with most of the new science books that I ve been reading lately They really aren t saying anything new and when they do they seem to enter into woo woo land The authors demonstrate nicely how certain biological processes such as the internal magnetic compass of a certain Tempting Eden kind of Robin the photosynthesis in plants the universal energy currency of life ATP the enzyme process and how the sense of smell can all be thought best in terms of uantum mechanicsThose examples make up the first half of the book My problem with the book is the second half All objectivenowledge can be broken down into the subatomic uantum mechanical level but that doesn t mean they should be The authors go off the rails and enter the land of woo with ascribing the origins of life the genetic code in general and mutations in particular and our consciousness as best understood by uantum mechanical processes As much as the next person I love the mysteries of the uantum world McFadden and Al Khalili explore the role of uantum mechanics in living organisms This new field of uantum biology is finding that life lies on the edge between classical and uantum physics thus the title of the book The authors do not believe in any spiritual or mystical influences rather they dig deeply into biochemistry They identify specific situations in which the uantum properties of electrons and protons influence organic processes McFadden and Al Khalili explain without math the relevant attributes of the uantum world wave particle duality uantum tunneling superposition and entanglement They begin each case with a story and then delve into the chemistry and physics behind it How does the European robin find its way each year from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and back How does the Monarch butterfly make its way across North America to its winter hideout in the mountains of Mexico Monarchs and the European robin have the protein cryptochrome enabling them to navigate using the earth s magnetic field I was struck by the fact that the monarchs that return every summer are the grandchildren of those that left The monarchs breed in route and their progeny continue the journey somehow nowing the way The authors note that many animals plants and even microbes use cryptochrome for magnetic field detection Cryptochrome contains free radicals molecules with an unpaired electron in the outer shell Particles in cryptochrome molecules can align their spin to the earth s magnetic field allowing the robins and monarchs to detect the way towards or away from the euator McFadden and Al Kahlili explain the uantum property of spin to help us understand how cryptochrome works It s counterintuitive uantum spin is not like anything we are familiar with in the macro world A particle s spin can be one direction or the other up or down or it can spin in both directions at the same time superposition Pairs of electrons forming chemical bonds become entangled so that when one changes its spin state so does the other Until measured both electrons are in superposition spinning both up and down at the same time When either one is measured both change to a single spin direction instantaneously Fascinatingly th absolutely stunning a book that with often beautiful prose describes ey concepts of uantum physics and uantum biology in a way that is detailed and not oversimplified but still able to be understood by a layperson such as myself who doesn t even have an A level in physics a fascinating exploration of what is potentially the most exciting groundbreaking field of science presently For a long time it was believed that scientists could only study uantum mechanics at absolute zero in their labs Yet in recent years excellent evidence of uantum mechanics at work in humans birds plants and other living things has come to the fore Who Talking to Dragons knew This book is a fascinating and very accessible introduction for the general reader It uses virtually no math Rather the writers possess a neat gift for metaphor Stephen Jay Gould had this gift too and while Life on the Edge isn t SJG that paragon of science writing it does the job and does it well I really appreciate well written books about science when they are written by active researchers in the field And this book ualifies as McFadden is a research biologist and Al Khalili is a theoretical physicist They are both actively engaged in researching evidence for uantum phenomena that are responsible for complex biological mechanismsThe book focuses on several important and difficult biology problems photosynthesis respiration magnetoreception bird migration consciousness genetics the sense of smell and the origin of life Each of these is still a mystery and the authors find some or a lot of evidence for uantum mechanics being an essential componentI found a couple of the issues to be particularly fascinating Some birds that migrate thousands of miles definitely use magnetoreception to find their way But the receptors are also connected with sight and reuire light in order for the magnetoreception to work And some butterflies also have magnetoreceptors on their antennae It can take three generations for some butterflies to do a complete round trip of a thousand miles or How in the world is this possibleI also found it fascinating that for photosynthesis to occur plants may use a form of a uantum computer to perform the necessary catalysis And the problem that the uantum computer solves is wellnown it is the traveling salesman problemThe authors freuently repeat a uote by physicist Richard Feynman If you cannot make it then you don t understand it In other words you don t really understand a biological or physical process until you can duplicate it in the lab Well that is certainly the case for the biological processes that are discussed in this book The origin of life is far from our understandingResearch on this topic is proceeding rapidly and the authors found that by the time they had finished writing the book some parts were already dated So they added an extra chapter at the end to include recent results But they recognize that by the time the book is published it will still contain some out of date ideas And that is wonderful because science is a process not an end resul. Mselves with such precision Life on the Edge accessibly reveals how uantum mechanics can answer these probing uestions of the universe Guiding the reader through the rapidly unfolding discoveries of the last few years Al Khalili and McFadden communicate the excitement of the explosive new field of uantum biology and its potentially revolutionary applications while offering insights into the biggest puzzle of all what is life As they brilliantly demonstrate in these groundbreaking pages life exists on the uantum ed.

Black hole is one of the critical issues Not only concerning whether we unconsciously work in other dimensions when we think or have emotionsHowever also regarding the relativity of death If consciousness does not exist bound to 3 dimensions then why a body with some wetware in itWas liegt alles jenseits der molekularen Ebene Dort wohin wir nicht sehen Three Times the Love k nnenDer Motor des Lebens scheint diffiziler aufgebaut zu sein als angenommen Es stellt sich immer mehr heraus dass die bisherigen Forschungen eher nur einzelne Komponenten deromplexen Maschinerie beobachtet haben Der eine oder andere Zusammenhang wurde hergestellt und ein paar Prozesse beobachtet Nur was diesen Vorg ngen auf tieferen Ebenen zugrunde liegt wei niemand Etwa der Atmung Vererbung Fotosynthese elektrischer uantenaktivit t von Neuronen Magnetorezeption Bewusstsein Geruchssinn und dem Ursprung des LebensUnd das sind nur die Prozesse die diese sehr junge Wissenschaftsdisziplin bisher untersuchen The Drowning Man konnteViele beobachtete Ph nomene implizieren mehr Ebenen als von der etablierten Forschung postuliert Die uantenfeldtheorie ffnet hinsichtlich dessen einige T ren Welches der Gedankenexperimente zu den unerkl rlichen beobachteten Anomalien passt wird sich zeigen Dass sich die spukhafte Fernwirkung nicht gut zur Manifestation zwingen l sst erschwert die Forschung Wenn die nerv sen Teilchen gleichzeitig nirgends und an 2 Stellen zur selben Zeit sind Alleine das widerspricht sowohl unseren fundamentalen Vorstellungen von Physik als auch unserem Weltbild Weil es viel eher in das Reich der Mythen Legenden und Fantasy als zu seri ser Wissenschaft passt Und wenn diese Grenze f llt was ist dann noch unm glich Was ist dann Spinnerei oder Wahnsinn und was Realit t Ein paar Hypothesen lassen sich aufstellenEs gibt bersehene Faktoren in den bekannten 3 Dimensionen die solein oder in ihrer Wirkung so gering sind dass man sie bisher nicht in Betracht gezogen hatMehr Dimensionen als angenommen Aus der 4ten und weiteren Dimensionen The Bride of Willow Creek kommen Wechselwirkungen die Stoffwechselprozesse Fotosynthese und das Leben in unserer Dimension erm glichen Ohne diese Verbindung w re Leben nicht m glich Angenommen das Leben w rde in unserer Dimension oder in einer anderen Dimension verschwinden W rde das auch das Leben in der angekoppelten Dimension zerst renParalleluniversen Ein Paralleluniversum wechselwirkt mit dem anderen Die Naturgesetze sind durch eine unbekannte Art von Entropie geformt Verschiedene Varianten der Grunds tze der Thermodynamik und Gravitation stehen zwischen den Universen in Wechselwirkung Oder mehrere Paralleluniversen mit mehreren Arten von Naturgesetzen stehen inomplexem Zusammenspiel Bei einem Multiversum w ren die Variationsm glichkeiten entsprechend unendlichSimulationshypothese Wenn die uanten eine Art von Programmiersprache sind w re die Welt aus Code zusammen gesetzt Oder die uanten sind nur die gr bsten primitiven Bausteine unter denen der eigentliche Code verborgen liegt Anomalien in You might think that this book has received four stars but if you GREAT INVESTMENT, THE know anything about uantum theory you will be aware that a uantum object can be in a superposition of states And this uantum book is in a superposed state of 5 stars for the subject which is fascinating and important and 3 stars for the writing which is disappointingly poor given Jim Al Khalili s expertise and experienceIt might seem that the whole concept of uantum biology is a truism that hardly needs exploring When every chemical reaction or electrical activity in a living organism is based on the interaction of uantum particles why would there be a need for a separate discipline But the still relatively few workers in the field like uantum physicist Jim Al Khalili and biologist Johnjoe McFadden are looking at special cases Where uantum effects like entanglement have a direct impact on large scale systems Whether it s the robin s ability to steer using a molecular magnetic compass or the detail at the heart of photosynthesis there seems to be some strange uantum behaviour that would take biologists by surprise as much as the general reader And the authors suggest perhaps it is the reason that life itself can existThere are two aspects of the book that are truly fascinating One is the exploration of the way that photosynthesis makes use of uantum effects in fact could not work without it It s absolutely mind boggling that the excited electron that has to be passed as an energy source to the reaction centre has no way of getting there without making use the of the uantum probabilities of taking every path to find its way And as the authors explore the incredible unlikeliness of life getting started as a result of random interactions it becomes increasingly obvious that there surely must have been someind of uantum effect that was involved in that process We have no idea what it might be so having a chapter titled How life began is a bit optimisticOne thing I didn t like which is a common failing when a media scientist writes a book is the way that uantum physics is presented with a broadcast gloss What I mean by this is that in a TV or radio programme where you only have a minute or two to explain something you often have to gloss over the detail in a way that means you will say something that isn t uite true to eep things moving But in a book you have the space to explain things properly and this ind of glossing is a shame It happens early on where uantum physics is first explained We hear for instance that uantum particles can be in two places at once where in reality they aren t at any fixed location and uantum spin is mentioned in a way that suggests it s literally about a particle spinning around it s notThere was also what seemed like a little cattiness Several times again as it s on uantum physics I assume this was Al Khalili there are at least four little digs about the way that uantum entanglement doesn t make paranormal phenomena his inverted commas such as telepathy possible At one point he says despite the bogus claims of telepathy If you don t now the field you might wonder why this obsession with telepathy but if you do it s hard not to suspect that this is a dig at Nobel Prize winner Brian Josephson who has previously made exactly this suggestionHowever neither of these is the reason for the 3 stars for writing which is rather that apart from those highlights of photosynthesis and the origins of life the book gets bogged down in biochemical details that are frankly not very interesting and that fail to carry the reader uantum physics may be glossed but biological details get the opposite treatment Perhaps it s the difficulty of having a co authored book Perhaps it s because the authors are too close to the subject but I found parts of it very tedious perhaps reflective of the old Feynman observation about biologists spending far too much time learning the names for thingsOverall then a fascinating topic a branch of science that is shiny and new and wonderful But not the book it should have been A wonderful book describing wonderful thingsScience is not my strongest area in learning but this book makes clear an opaue to me part of physics which usually is understood through mathematics and specialized scientific euipment able to view or measure particles of atoms As a book written for the general reader it does not have a lot of math and it includes drawings which add clarity to the subject addressed in each chapter The chapters each cover a single main subject which illuminates how plant and animal molecular biology Ng together first hand experience at the cutting edge of science with unparalleled gifts of explanation Jim Al Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal that missing ingredient to be uantum mechanics; the phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences Drawing on recent ground breaking experiments around the world each chapter in Life on the Edge engages by illustrating one of life's puzzles How do migrating birds now where to go How do we really smell the scent of a rose How do our genes copy the.

35In general I love reading about the smallest processes in biology or physics I could read an entire book on the inner life of the mitochondria s electron transport chain and I would be enthralled I find it pretty exciting when authors want to understand the most in depth mechanisms at work in a each system I love it even if the authors take the nowledge they uncover and attempt to apply it to big systems such as networks systems biology etc The authors of tis book tried to do just that I am not exactly sure why I didn t love this book Perhaps despite my constant critiues of books that are promoting sexy science at the expense of providing a realistic understanding of the subject at hand I wanted sexy science from this book At times even though it examined each phenomenon in great detail it felt disjointed I understand the overall theme but perhaps I needed hand holding Even though I was interested in each subject present I am especially interested in how particles spin sync and enter phase transition the books didn t feel that new or exciting It could be that I have read too many books that have provided some of the same material Regardless of my criticisms I think the work being done in uantum biology is important Particularly important is the focus on explaining how the same forces at work in physics are also at work in biological systems I like the uestions the authors raised Certainly work needs to be done to understand how action potentials lead to consciousness Once that is established there is work still to be done in understanding the uantum nature of action potentials The discussion on the hard problem of consciousness was by far my least favorite part of the book I enjoy reading Andy Clark and the Churchlands take on consciousness but cannot waste one minute of life justifying Chalmers unscientific discussions on the subject Even though these authors were arguing against the type of position Chalmers provides his readers they went too far in validating it Overall though it is great that researchers are attempting to investigate and write about uantum bio If you are unfamiliar with the field but are curious it s worth the read I absolutely loved this book The subject is fascinating and it s written in an easy to read style that is very layman friendly There s a sprinkling of humour and the prose even borders on the poetic in placesThe examples the authors choose to illustrate the concepts they are trying to teach are excellently chosen and really held my attention I recommend this book to anybody with an interest in this seriously engaging subject Spooky action at a distance still does my head in though What lies beyond the molecular level Where we can not see Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review Just if you might be interestedThe motor of life seems to be complicated than expected It turns out and than the previous research has observed rather only individual components of the complex machinery One or the other connection was made and a few processes were followed Only nobody nows what underlies these processes on deeper levels For example breathing heredity photosynthesis the electrical uantum activity of neurons magnetoreception consciousness sense of smell and the origin of life Moreover these are just the processes that this very young science discipline has been able to investigate so farMany observed phenomena imply levels than postulated by established research uantum field theory opens a few doors concerning this Which of the thought experiments fits the inexplicable observed anomalies will become apparent The fact that the ghostly long distance effect cannot be forced well to manifest complicates the research When nervous particles are nowhere and at two places at the same time at the same time This alone contradicts both our fundamental ideas of physics and our worldview Because it fits into the realm of myths legends and fantasy rather than serious science Also if that limit falls what is impossible What is eccentricity close to madness and what is the realityA few hypotheses can be set upThere are overlooked factors in the nown three dimensions that are so tiny or so small in effect that they have not been considered beforeMore dimensions than expected From the 4th and other dimensions come interactions that allow metabolic processes photosynthesis and life in our dimension Without this connection life would not be possible Suppose that life would disappear in our dimension or another dimension Would that also destroy life in the connected dimension because the two are dependent on each otherParallel universes A parallel universe interacts with the other An unknown ind of entropy shapes the laws of nature Different variants of the principles of thermodynamics and gravitation interact between the worlds Or several parallel universes with several types of natural laws are in complex interaction For a multiverse the possibilities of variation would be infiniteSimulation Hypothesis If the uanta are some programming language the world would be made up of code Alternatively the uanta are just the coarsest fundamental building blocks under which the actual code is hidden Mistakes in programming would explain anomalies in our worldNo matter which model you prefer It could be that the emergence of life without interaction with invisible and undetectable forces is not possible That there may be universes or worlds that will forever be dead because they are not interacting with others That symbiosis and cooperation between the layers of realities were so essential that without them evolution was impossible We consist of unknown many such hypothetical processes that we do not understandThe photosynthesis of plants is based not only on sunlight but also on uantum entanglement If human beings accidentally interfere with this process through physical experiments or less subtly through genetic engineering the world would perish If the ability becomes possible only through an interaction with another dimension disturbances could make it disappearThe processes in the tiny and colossal call the sea metaphor on the plan A grain of sand nowledge and an ocean of unanswered uestions A small plant cell is a game that automates a process that reuires the hordes of the best scientists and billions of investment in large euipment Moreover the flower also manages to sustain the operation for than a few thousandths of a second It makes a living with itThe foundations of many cellular processes photosynthesis and chemical processes are currently defined from the point of view of the giant coarse constituents Like looking at a factory from the outside One can see the supply streams maybe now a few of the primary materials and see the finished end products coming out of the factory From an analysis of the smoke from the factory chimneys and the waste that arises one can make small attempts with reverse engineeringHowever what happens in the factory aka all living things can only be guessedFor human consciousness this raises the uestion of where and what the self is In the un understood brain the factor is added that unknown smallest parts or mechanisms of action from other dimensions could be significantly involved So this ego is theoretically exposed to interactions or probably manipulations and whisperings from other inaccessible realitiesWhen you make a decision talk work or think about things like thatWhether it is a one way street and the opposite direction will remain inaccessible to people like Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the nown universe; but how did it come to be Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology the remarkable truth remains nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material Life remains the only way to make life Are we still missing a vital ingredient in its creation      Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene which provided a new perspective on how evolution works Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics Bringi.

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