Cover image for The demon in the machine : how hidden webs of information are solving the mystery of life / Paul Davies.
The demon in the machine : how hidden webs of information are solving the mystery of life / Paul Davies.
Publication Information:
London : Allen Lane, 2019.

Physical Description:
250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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576.83 DAV Book Adult General Collection

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How does life create order from chaos? And just what is life, anyway? Leading physicist Paul Davies argues that to find the answers, we must first answer a deeper question- 'What is information?' To understand the origins and nature of life, Davies proposes a radical vision of biology which sees the underpinnings of life as similar to circuits and electronics, arguing that life as we know it should really be considered a phenomenon of information storage. In an extraordinary deep dive into the real mechanics of what we take for granted, Davies reveals how biological processes, from photosynthesis to birds' navigation abilities, rely on quantum mechanics, and explores whether quantum physics could prove to be the secret key of all life on Earth.

Lively and accessible, The Demon in the Machine boils down intricate interdisciplinary developments to take readers on an eye-opening journey towards the ultimate goal of science- unifying all theories of the living and the non-living, so that humanity can at last understand its place in the universe.

Author Notes

Paul Davies has achieved an international reputation for his ability to explain the significance of advanced scientific ideas in simple language. He is the author of some twenty books and has written and presented a number of TV and radio programmes. He is the winner of the prestigious Templeton Prize and a Glaxo Science Writers' Fellowship. He is currently Professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of BEYOND- Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science.