Thoughtful Gifts for Curious People

What Is Life?


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Life is all around us, abundant and diverse. But what does it actually mean to be alive? In this journey of discovery, Nobel prize-winner Paul Nurse explains five great ideas that underpin biology, defining life in a way that every reader can understand.

He traces the roots of his own curiosity and knowledge to reveal how science works, both now and in the past. Using his personal experiences, in and out of the lab, he shares with us the challenges, the lucky breaks, and the thrilling eureka moments of discovery. To survive the challenges that face the human race today – from climate change, to pandemics, loss of biodiversity and food security – it is vital that we all understand what life is.

    Hardcover, 224 pages
    11.6 x 2.2 x 18.7 cm