Physics and Life

Lecture in honour of Abdus Salam
  • Paul Davies
Conference paper

Abstract

Fifty years ago, physicists seemed on the verge of solving the problem of life. Inspired by Erwin Schrödinger’s book What is Life? (1944), researchers began unraveling the molecular basis of the living cell, in the belief that a solution to both the nature and the origin of life would soon be found. Today, these hopes seem very naive. Indeed, physics is regarded by most investigators as not especially relevant to the problem of life.

Keywords

Formaldehyde Dust Helium Hexagonal Coherence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Davies
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  1. 1.Physics Department Imperial CollegeLondon

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