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Life As No One Knows It

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6th August 2024

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780349128245

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What is life? This is among the most difficult open problems in science, right up there with the nature of consciousness and the existence of matter. All the definitions we have fall short. None help us understand how life originates or the full range of possibilities for what life on other planets might look like.

In LIFE AS NO ONE KNOWS IT, physicist and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker argues that solving the origin of life requires radical new thinking and an experimentally testable theory for what life is. This is an urgent issue for efforts to make life from scratch in laboratories here on Earth and missions searching for life on other planets.

Walker proposes a new paradigm for understanding what physics encompasses and what we recognize as life. She invites us into a world of maverick scientists working without a map, seeking not just answers but better ways to formulate the biggest questions we have about the universe. The book culminates with the bold proposal of a new theory for identifying and classifying life, one that applies not just to biological life on Earth but to any instance of life in the universe. Rigorous, accessible, and vital, LIFE AS NO ONE KNOWS IT celebrates the mystery of life and the explanatory power of physics.

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Annaka Harris, New York Times bestselling author of CONSCIOUS: A BRIEF GUIDE TO THE FUNDAMENTAL MYSTERY OF THE MIND
LIFE AS NO ONE KNOWS IT is a masterfully crafted and engaging account of Assembly Theory - a theory of the physics of life that promises to lead us toward a fundamentally new avenue of scientific exploration. Assembly Theory might not only help us understand what life is, but develop the scientific tools needed to recognize and locate life elsewhere in the universe, giving us a better understanding of everything from the quantum realm, to life, to consciousness. I highly recommend LIFE AS NO ONE KNOWS IT to anyone interested in fundamental physics, the origins of life, and pursuing a better understanding of the structure underlying all of the universe's creations