Holiday Science Read: How Nanobiology Battles Chaos
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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