Monday, 15 August 2011

Erwin Schrödinger

Schrödinger is best known to physicists for his work on quantum mechanics—my PhD research was on solutions to the few-body Schrödinger equation—but his book What is Life?, based on a set of lectures he gave in Dublin in 1944, has been equally influential in biology. In a preface to a 1992 edition of the book, Paul Davies described Schrödinger as an
iconoclastic physicist [who] stood at the pivotal point of history when physics was the midwife to the new science of molecular biology. In this book he set down most of the great conceptual issues that confront the scientist who would attempt to unravel the mysteries of life.

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