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ERWIN SCHRÖDINGER

   
What is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell. With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches.

WHAT IS LIFE?

". . . the laws of physics and chemistry are statistical throughout."1a

"It is these chromosomes . . . that contain in some kind of code-script the entire pattern of the individual's future development and of its functioning in the mature state. Every complete set of chromosomes contains the full code . . ."1b UPANISHADS LEIBNIZ MEDAWAR DAWKINS

"We have just introduced the term gene for the hypothetical material carrier of a definite hereditary feature . . ."1c MEDAWAR DAWKINS

"In Darwin's theory, you just have to substitute 'mutations' for his 'slight accidental variations' (just as quantum theory substitutes 'quantum jump' for 'continuous transfer of energy'). In all other respects little change was necessary in Darwin's theory . . ."1d PLANCK

"How would we express in terms of the statistical theory the marvelous faculty of a living organism, by which it delays the decay into thermodynamical equilibrium (death)? . . . the device by which an organism maintains itself stationary at a fairly high level of orderliness . . . really consists in continually sucking orderliness from its environment."1e

MIND AND MATTER

"The material world has only been constructed at the price of taking the self, that is, mind, out of it, removing it; mind is not part of it . . ."1f BOHM

"Matter and energy seem granular in structure, and so does 'life', but not so mind."1g PLANCK

"Nature has no reverence towards life. Nature treats life as though it were the most valueless thing in the world. . . . Nature does not act by purposes."1h

"The sensation of colour cannot be accounted for by the physicist's objective picture of light-waves."1i CRICK


  

Erwin Schrödinger. What is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell. With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1967. (What Is Life? Was first published in 1944. Mind and Matter was first published in 1958. Canto edition with Autobiographical Sketches and Foreword to What Is Life? By Roger Penrose, Cambridge University Press, 1992.)
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Statistical Thermodynamics.
 


Erwin SSchrödinger. Statistical Thermodynamics. New York, NY: Dover Publications, 1989.
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Space-Time Structure.
 


Erwin Schrödinger. Space-Time Structure. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
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'Nature and the Greeks' and 'Science and Humanism'.
 


Erwin Schrödinger. 'Nature and the Greeks' and 'Science and Humanism'.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
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My View of the World.
 


 

Erwin Schrödinger. My View of the World. First English Edition. Woodbridge, CT: Ox Bow Press, 1964.
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The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Dublin Seminars (1949-1955) and Other Unpublished Essays.
 


Erwin Schrödinger. The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Dublin Seminars (1949-1955) and Other Unpublished Essays. Woodbridge, CT: Ox Bow Press, 1995.
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* Italics in the original.

1 Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961). What is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell. With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1967. (What Is Life? Was first published in 1944. Mind and Matter was first published in 1958. Canto edition with Autobiographical Sketches and Foreword to What Is Life? By Roger Penrose, Cambridge University Press, 1992.)
WHAT IS LIFE?

a The Classical Physicist's Approach to the Subject
, at 4.
b The Hereditary Mechanism, at 21.
c 
Ibid., at 29.
d
 Mutations, at 35.
e Order, Disorder and Entropy
, at 73.
MIND AND MATTER

f
 The Principle of Objectivation, at 119.
g The Arithmetical Paradox: The Oneness of Mind
, at 134.
h
 Ibid., at 138.
i 
The Mystery of the Sensual Qualities, at 155.


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