Molecular Storms: the Physics of Stars, Cells and the Origin of Life

Molecular Storms: the Physics of Stars, Cells and the Origin of Life

Molecular storms book cover, showing bold text over exploding light points

Author: Liam Graham (Robinson 1986)

Publisher: Springer Nature

Why is the universe the way it is? Wherever we look, we find ordered structures: from stars to planets to living cells. This book shows that the same driving force is behind structure everywhere: the incessant random motion of the components of matter. Physicists call it thermal noise. Let’s call it the molecular storm.

This storm drives the fusion reactions that make stars shine. It drives whirlpools and currents in atmospheres and oceans. It spins and distorts molecules until they are in the right orientation to react and form new substances. In living cells, it drives proteins to fold and molecules to self-assemble. It is behind every detail of the astonishing molecular machines that control cellular processes.

Using cutting-edge research, Molecular Storms takes us on a dazzling journey from the early universe to the interior of the smallest living things. There, in a nanoscale world of biological devices, it explains the physics behind the chemical system which we call Life. Whether you're someone with a general interest in science or a student looking to add context to your studies, this book is for you. Molecular Storms is an accessible and captivating read that will deepen your appreciation of the power of science to explain the world.

Publication date: 
Thursday 23 November 2023

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