Holiday Science Read: How Nanobiology Battles Chaos

December 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Nanoscale Weird Tales: Peter Hoffman’s Life’s Ratchet

Peter Hoffmann’s fine book, Life’s Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos (Basic Books, 2012), is an introduction to nanoscale biology that you should be buying as a holiday gift for your friends and relatives. The science that explains how this world operates is statistical mechanics. Statistical mechanics is the science of how the macroscopic emerges from the microscopic, and it is the basis of our understanding of the nanoscale machines and systems that build life from molecules.

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