Life On the Edge

Most things in our world can be related to science in some way. Whether it is the building blocks that make up every living thing or the chemical reactions and laws that visibly and invisibly govern our planet, science impacts our understanding of the way things work. Science can help us to understand our crazy and wonderful world. In Life on the Edge, Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili explore the concept of quantum biology. In order to do this, it seems as though they have to explain everything else.

Although this book is thought to be geared towards the layman, I felt that it was still very academic, comprehensive, and at times hard to follow. Many times I would find myself rereading a sentence or paragraph only to still be confused and what was being explained. At the same time, scattered throughout the book, were wonderful facts and explanations that left me in awe and with a better understanding of the working world. The amount of topics they cover is impressive. They include everything from the way Robin’s use magnetoreception for migration to human DNA sequencing to thermodynamics. Throughout the books they continue to reference earlier information, showing the reader that everything is tied together. They use research to back up their ideas and metaphors to help the reader understand the content better.

While it is mostly well written, it is still difficult to understand. I would have to reread this book a few times before I actually felt like the concepts would really take hold in my mind. This book is still worth the read, but gently over a period of time so the information has time to sink in and make a greater impact.

FTC disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.


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