The RAINBOW and the WORM
By Mae-Wan HO
CHAPTER 1. WHAT IS IT TO BE ALIVE?
The ‘Big’ Questions in Science
The Physicochemical Underpinnings of Life
On Being Alive
CHAPTER 2. DO ORGANISMS CONTRAVENE THE SECOND LAW?
Life and the Second Law
What are the Laws of Thermodynamics?
Is Maxwell’s Demon in the Living System?
CHAPTER 3. CAN THE SECOND LAW COPE WITH ORGANIZED COMPLEXITY?
The Space-time Structure of Living Processes
The Second Law Restated
Quantum Molecular Machines in Living Systems
CHAPTER 4. ENERGY FLOW AND LIVING CYCLES
The Probability of Life
Energy Flow and Material Cycles
Dynamic Molecular Order from Energy Flow
A Theorem of Chemical Cycles
Coupled Cycles and the Steady State
The Manyfold Coupled Cycles of Life
Energy Storage in the Biosphere
CHAPTER 5. HOW TO CATCH A FALLING ELECT’RON
Life and Negative Entropy
Free Energy and Entropy
Why Don’t Organisms Live by Eating Diamonds?
What Kind of ‘Engine’ is the Organism?
CHAPTER 6. THE SEVENTY-THREE OCTAVES OF NATURE’S MUSIC
Reductionism versus Integration
Electricity and Magnetism
The Electromagnetic Theory of Light and Matter
Molecular and Intermolecular Forces
CHAPTER 7. THE COHERENT EXCITATION OF THE BODY ELECTRIC
Collective versus Statistical Behaviour
Non-equilibrium Transition to Dynamic Order
‘The Cataclysmic Violence of Homogenization’
‘Life is a Little Electric Current’
The Body Electric Flows and Flows
CHAPTER 8. HOW COHERENT IS THE ORGANISM?
How to Detect Coherence
Evidence from ‘Conventional’ Biology
Sensitivity of Organisms to Weak
How Can Magnetic Fields Have Biological Effects?
CHAPTER 9. LIFE IS ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW IN A WORM
Light and Living Matter
The Light That Through The Green Fuse
Long-Range Communication between Cells and Organisms
Where do Biophotons Come From?
Life is All the Colours, of the Rainbow in a Worm
CHAPTER 10. QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT AND COHERENCE
What is Coherence?
The EPR Paradox and Quantum Entanglement
Quantum Coherence and Living Organization
CHAPTER 11. THE IGNORANCE OF THE EXTERNAL OBSERVER
The Meaning of Life and All That
Is Entropy Subjective?
Entropy and Information
Information, Entropy, Order and Knowledge
Ignorance of the External Observer
CHAPTER 12. TIME AND FREEWILL
There is No Glass Bead Game
Bergson’s ‘Pure Duration’
Whitehead’s ‘Organism’ and Bohm’s ‘Implicate Order’
Space-time Structure and Quantum Theory
Organisms as Coherent Space-time Structures
Determinism and Freewill
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