The Machinery of Life 2nd ed. 2009 Edition - PDF – EBook -


The Machinery of Life 2nd ed. 2009 Edition - PDF – EBook

The Machinery of Life 2nd ed. 2009 Edition - PDF – EBook

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  • Authors: David S. Goodsell
  • File Size: 14 MB
  • Format: PDF / EPUB
  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Language: English
  • Year         : 2009
  • ISBN-10: 0387849246
  • ISBN-13: 9780387849249
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Explores molecular machinery and the complexity and interconnected nature of living things through three levels: the machines, the molecular world, and the cell
Contains 50+ vibrant, full color illustrations of molecules and molecular processes at the atomic and cellular level
Incorporates 15 years of updates and advances in research and technology since the first edition, including never before seen illustrations
Includes a concise text accessible to the lay reader
Imagine that we had some way to look directly at the molecules in a living organism. An x-ray microscope would do the trick, or since we’re dreaming, perhaps an Asimov-style nanosubmarine (unfortunately, neither is currently feasible). Think of the wonders we could witness firsthand: antibodies attaching a virus, electrical signals racing down nerve fibers, proteins building new strands of DNA. Many of the questions puzzling the current cadre of scientists would be answered at a glance. But the nanoscale world of molecules is separated from our everyday world of experience by a daunting million-fold difference in size, so the world of molecules is completely invisible. I created the illustrations in this book to help bridge this gulf and allow us to see the molecular structure of cells, if not directly, then in an artistic rendition. I have included two types of illustrations with this goal in mind: watercolor paintings which magnify a small portion of a living cell by one million times, showing the arrangement of molecules inside, and computer-generated pictures, which show the atomic details of individual molecules. In this second edition of The Machinery of Life, these illustrations are presented in full color, and they incorporate many of the exciting scientific advances of the 15 years since the first edition

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