The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      American Library Association
    • Publication Date:
      2018
    • Abstract:
      * The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution. By Charles S. Cocked. June 2018.352p. Basic, $32 (9781541617599); e-book (9781541644595). 576.801. As an astrobiologist, [...]
    • ISSN:
      0006-7385
    • Rights:
      COPYRIGHT 2018 American Library Association
      Copyright 2018 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
    • Accession Number:
      edsgcl.541400730
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      OLSON, R. The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 114, n. 18, p. 8, 2018. Disponível em: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.541400730&authtype=ip,sso&custid=s5672421. Acesso em: 25 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Olson R. The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution. Booklist. 2018;114(18):8. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.541400730&authtype=ip,sso&custid=s5672421. Accessed May 25, 2020.
    • APA:
      Olson, R. (2018, May 15). The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution. Booklist, 114(18), 8.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Olson, Ray. 2018. “The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution.” Booklist, May 15. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.541400730&authtype=ip,sso&custid=s5672421.
    • Harvard:
      Olson, R. (2018) ‘The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution’, Booklist, 15 May, p. 8. Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.541400730&authtype=ip,sso&custid=s5672421 (Accessed: 25 May 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Olson, R 2018, ‘The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution’, Booklist, vol. 114, no. 18, p. 8, viewed 25 May 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Olson, Ray. “The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 18, May 2018, p. 8. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.541400730&authtype=ip,sso&custid=s5672421.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Olson, Ray. “The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution.” Booklist, May 15, 2018. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.541400730&authtype=ip,sso&custid=s5672421.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Olson R. The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution. Booklist [Internet]. 2018 May 15 [cited 2020 May 25];114(18):8. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.541400730&authtype=ip,sso&custid=s5672421

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 May #2

*Starred Review* As an astrobiologist, Cockell is involved with the question of whether there is life on other planets. Unable to do personal fieldwork, he and his scientific fellows apply knowledge about life on Earth—what it's made of and what it does—to the findings of spectroscopy, telescopy, and other long-distance methods of research about other objects in space. That what's out there and what's here are made of the same elements indicates that the laws of physics account for what's happening there as well as here, which is evolution, and in the same manner. Life, therefore, is universal, made out of the same cluster of elements (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, sulfur), with water as the best medium of combination. Cockell leads up to that big message in gratifying chapters about much smaller things—ants, moles, cells, molecules, and atomic particles—and the physics that explains them and their biological functions. The last chapter reconsiders the role of contingency—the chance occurrence that changes something—in light of what the melding of physics and biology reveals about life processes and forms. Both magisterial and collegial, this may be the biology book of the year. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.