Molecular Storms: The Physics of Stars, Cells and the Origin of Life (Paperback)

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Molecular Storms: The Physics of Stars, Cells and the Origin of Life (Paperback)

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"Following in the footsteps of Stephen Hawking's 'A brief history of time' and Simon Singh's 'Fermat's Last Theorem' this exceptionally accessible book will you leave marveling at the wonders of the world and, if you didn't listen to your science teachers, wishing you had. Graham writes with the mind of a physicist and the soul of a poet."

Nicki Hayes, CCO, The Communications Practice, author of First Aid for Feelings.

"Only a few writers have managed to turn the highly technical jargon of science into language accessible for interested lay readers. Isaac Asimov showed us how it could be done, and Carl Zimmer and Brian Greene are continuing today. In Molecular Storms, his first book, Liam Graham has shown that he has the essential quality required to join this group, a love of first learning then explaining how the universe works."

David Deamer, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, author of Assembling Life.


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.
"Do we need more than physics to understand the world?" Liam Graham first asked himself this question as a teenager and it has been the driving force behind his career ever since. After a degree in Theoretical Physics at Cambridge and a master's in Philosophy at Warwick, he eventually found economics to be an appealing middle ground and completed a PhD at Birkbeck College, London. To pay the rent, he taught English, developed and sold trading software and was the numbers' guru for a boutique finance house.Liam's 15 year academic career was mostly spent as an Associate Professor at University College London, working in one of Europe's top Economics departments. His research involved building mathematical models of an extremely complex system, the macroeconomy, and his work was published in all the top macroeconomics journals. Whether working on philosophy or economics, he never stopped reading science and exchanging with scientists. In 2018 he left UCL to concentrate on his original question and the wide-ranging, multidisciplinary and endlessly fascinating project it has become.
Product Details ISBN: 9783031386800
ISBN-10: 3031386809
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2023
Pages: 270
Language: English