Life S Edge

Life s Edge
Publisher Penguin
Release Date
Category Science
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780593182727
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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“Carl Zimmer is one of the best science writers we have today.” —Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world—from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses—the harder they find it is to locate life’s edge. Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the apple sitting on your kitchen counter alive, or is only the apple tree it came from deserving of the word? If we can’t answer that question here on earth, how will we know when and if we discover alien life on other worlds? The question hangs over some of society’s most charged conflicts—whether a fertilized egg is a living person, for example, and when we ought to declare a person legally dead. Life's Edge is an utterly fascinating investigation that no one but one of the most celebrated science writers of our generation could craft. Zimmer journeys through the strange experiments that have attempted to re-create life. Literally hundreds of definitions of what that should look like now exist, but none has yet emerged as an obvious winner. Lists of what living things have in common do not add up to a theory of life. It's never clear why some items on the list are essential and others not. Coronaviruses have altered the course of history, and yet many scientists maintain they are not alive. Chemists are creating droplets that can swarm, sense their environment, and multiply. Have they made life in the lab? Whether he is handling pythons in Alabama or searching for hibernating bats in the Adirondacks, Zimmer revels in astounding examples of life at its most bizarre. He tries his own hand at evolving life in a test tube with unnerving results. Charting the obsession with Dr. Frankenstein's monster and how Coleridge came to believe the whole universe was alive, Zimmer leads us all the way into the labs and minds of researchers working on engineering life from the ground up.

Life s Edge
  • Author : Carl Zimmer
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-03-09

“Carl Zimmer is one of the best science writers we have today.” —Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world—from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses—the harder

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Life s Edge
  • Author : Carl Zimmer
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2021-03-18

We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world – from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses – the harder they find it to define exactly what it is and what it isn’t. What is life? In this riveting and thought-provoking

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Life s Edge
  • Author : Carl Zimmer
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Release Date : 2021-03-18

Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the apple sitting on your kitchen counter alive, or is only the apple tree it came from deserving of the word? If we can't answer

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At the Water s Edge
  • Author : Carl Zimmer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-08-26

Everybody Out of the Pond At the Water's Edge will change the way you think about your place in the world. The awesome journey of life's transformation from the first microbes 4 billion years ago to Homo sapiens today is an epic that we are only now beginning to grasp. Magnificent

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Later
  • Author : Paul Lisicky
  • Publisher : Graywolf Press
  • Release Date : 2020-03-17

A stunning portrait of community, identity, and sexuality by the critically acclaimed author of The Narrow Door When Paul Lisicky arrived in Provincetown in the early 1990s, he was leaving behind a history of family trauma to live in a place outside of time, known for its values of inclusion,

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Living at the Edge of the World
  • Author : Tina S.,Jamie Pastor Bolnick
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2015-08-18

When Tina S. meets April, a teenage runaway, she thinks she's found her best friend. She leaves behind her dysfunctional family to join April in the tunnels of Grand Central Station amidst the homeless and drug addicted. Soon she's bingeing on crack--just like April--and stealing, scamming and panhandling to support

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Edge City
  • Author : Joël Garreau
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 1992

First there was downtown. Then there were suburbs. Then there were malls. Then Americans launched the most sweeping change in 100 years in how they live, work, and play. The Edge City. "Readable... a fascinating transcontinental tour... Mr. Garreau has the ability to categorize and clarify trends before they are apparent

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Microcosm
  • Author : Carl Zimmer
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2008-05-06

A Best Book of the YearSeed Magazine • Granta Magazine • The Plain-DealerIn this fascinating and utterly engaging book, Carl Zimmer traces E. coli's pivotal role in the history of biology, from the discovery of DNA to the latest advances in biotechnology. He reveals the many surprising and alarming parallels between E.

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Edge of the Map
  • Author : Johanna Garton
  • Publisher : Mountaineers Books
  • Release Date : 2020-04-01

Edge of the Map is equal parts inspiring, dramatic, and heartbreaking. One of America’s greatest high altitude mountaineers, Christine Boskoff was at the top of her career when she and her partner died in an avalanche in 2006. Charismatic, principled, and humble, Boskoff was also a deeply loved role model

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Life on the Edge
  • Author : James C. Dobson
  • Publisher : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2010-12-22

As a young adult, you will face crucial questions about identity, education, marriage, career, God's will, and much more. Some of the most dramatic and permanent changes in life will occur during the “critical decade”—those ten years between 16 and 26. Are you prepared to make the right choices? You can

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The Edge of Never
  • Author : J.A Redmerski
  • Publisher : Forever
  • Release Date : 2013-03-12

Discover the beloved New York Times bestseller about two lost souls who embark on an epic road trip and find love along the way. A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling blockbuster! Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after

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How to Live on the Edge
  • Author : Sarah Lynn Scheerger
  • Publisher : Millbrook Press
  • Release Date : 2020-08-04

Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she'll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like dodging trains and jumping

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Life s Little Edge
  • Author : Roselle Graskey
  • Publisher : P.D. Publishing, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2005

Callan O'Malley embodies everything that should scare Terri Barclay. O'Malley freelances as a gun runner for a biker gang, the dark secrets of her past influencing her present. Thrown together by circumstance and unexpected complications of living in the biker world, the women's lives are turned into chaos. Loyal friends

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Life at the Edge of Sight
  • Author : Scott Chimileski,Roberto Kolter
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-25

This stunning photographic essay opens a new frontier for readers to explore through words and images. Microbial studies have clarified life’s origins on Earth, explained the functioning of ecosystems, and improved both crop yields and human health. Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter are expert guides to an invisible world

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House of Nails
  • Author : Lenny Dykstra
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-06-28

"Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I've ever read. It comes from the heart." —Stephen King Eclipsing the traditional sports memoir, House of Nails, by former world champion, multimillionaire entrepreneur, and imprisoned felon Lenny Dykstra, spins a tragicomic tale of Shakespearean proportions -- a

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