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on 1 May 2017
Excellent! Clear and interesting explanation of molecular machines. The first part is some introductory and historical material which helped with understanding the meat of the book. This area of scientific investigation is relatively recent (the structure of DNA had only just been discovered when I did Biology at school) so it was eye-opening and enthralling for me. Great job Peter!
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on 7 September 2013
One wades through pages and pages of anecdote and history (all well told and interesting) before one gets to anything to do with the book's title. Not bad, just frustrating, especially if you are well acquainted with conventional chemistry and biology.
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on 29 August 2016
A wonderful explanation of how life is built from the bottom up, by molecular machines which extract free energy from the chaotic "molecular storm", and produce organisms which can reproduce themselves...found it very easy to listen to as a layman with little prior knowledge of this subject.
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on 22 December 2016
I have the well narrated Audible version. Concisely written. A fantastic companion to Nick Lane's The Vital Question. An astounding topic. Produces huge admiration for the original painstaking research. A huge commendation for the relevance of biophysics.
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on 18 March 2013
I have read many books of this type; explaining life's basic elements. I have read the chemistry of life etc. This book gets into the concepts more than going through the details of the operations. There is a very thorough and deep summary of the history behind many of the fundamental ideas about life. The discussion brings up all sides of the arguments. In short it is very very good.
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on 24 February 2013
An excellent book, explains difficult concepts in a manner understandable to the general public. Does not link concepts to Stationary Action, although connections are implicit throughout the book.
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