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A Physicist Looks at Genetics

Naturevolume 155pages375376 (1945) | Download Citation



AS a result of the War, many scientific workers have been too busy with the applications of science to keep up even with the development of their own branch. Schrödinger, as an exile in neutral Eire, has found the leisure to study another, namely, genetics, which he describes as "a new branch of science, easily the most interesting of our days". I wonder if posterity will find crossing-over as interesting as exchange energy, or mutation as atomic transition. However this may be, every geneticist will be interested in Schrödinger's approach to his or her science.

What is Life?

The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell. By Prof. Erwin Schrödinger. (Based on Lectures delivered under the auspices of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, in February 1943.) Pp. viii + 91 + 4 plates. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1944.) 6s. net.

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