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For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of the fundamental question: ‘what is life?’ Even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it, and huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. So, can life be explained by known physics and chemistry, or do we need something fundamentally new? In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud discusses these thought-provoking questions with renowned physicist Professor Paul Davies – author of the 2019 book ‘The Demon in the Machine’.
Date published: 5 November 2020
Presenter: Dr Raj
Interviewee: Professor Paul Davies
Audio running time: 50 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
the limitations of physics, chemistry
and biology when it comes to explaining the origins of life
the structural paradox of DNA
the relationship between the science of
physics and the science of biology
the importance of bridging the
scientific disciplines in order to answer the most meaningful
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