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Top reviews for Surrey academics’ book on the strange world of quantum biology

Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology explores some of nature’s best tricks and biggest secrets to give a new perspective on what life actually is.

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The book is the result of a longstanding collaboration between Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics, and Johnjoe McFadden, Professor of Molecular Genetics, who are at the cutting edge of this new field of science.

It explains how quantum mechanics, chemistry and biology are coming together in a new scientific discipline in which exciting and quite incredible experimental evidence is establishing that many of the most basic processes of life are underpinned by the strange and counterintuitive world of quantum mechanics.

It then describes this exciting new field, from its early genesis to recent groundbreaking experiments that have verified new phenomena, and speculates how profound some of these finding may prove to be.

Professor McFadden said, “Quantum biology is one of the most exciting and fast-moving fields of science and it could revolutionise our world as well as profoundly altering our notion of what life really is.”

Professor Al-Khalili added, “This field is so new that ours is the very first comprehensive book on the subject aimed at a wide audience – we hope it excites readers, both scientists and non-scientists alike, as much as it does us.”

Read the Telegraph’s review, the reviews on Amazon and the article in the Guardian.

Learn more about Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology on the Random House website and on Johnjoe McFadden’s or Jim Al-Khalili’s websites.

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