Quantum Mechanics, Cell-Cell Signaling, and Evolution

Quantum Mechanics, Cell-Cell Signaling, and Evolution

1st Edition - January 15, 2023

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  • Author: John Torday
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323912976

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Quantum Mechanics, Cell-Cell Signaling, and Evolution offers a detailed accounting of the latest research and theorizing on the integration of quantum physics with biological action to produce a novel perspective on evolution. The book advocates for a paradigm shift towards understanding biology and medicine causally as predictive sciences, presenting quantum mechanics and physiology as vertically integrated. The author has taken a unique approach to the question of how and why evolution occurred. The account is based on extensive knowledge of lipid physical chemistry, and its role in the evolution of the lung under the influence of hormonal effects on structure and function. The title arranges lipid biochemistry and biophysics into an integrated explanation, guiding readers from the immersion of lipids in water as the origin of life, to lung surfactant in alveolar homeostasis, and leading to a new understanding of how consciousness interacts with the laws of nature. This volume argues for a novel understanding of evolutionary processes based on fundamental science and positions itself as seeking consilience among research disciplines. Starting from the origins of the cosmos, the author proceeds through nucleosynthesis and Endosymbiosis Theory, to finally describe consciousness in relation to natural law.

Key Features

  • Offers a novel account of evolutionary mechanisms integrating quantum mechanics and cell-cell signaling
  • Presents the latest research and theorizing on the integration of quantum physics with biological action
  • Grounds theoretical insights in lipid physical chemistry and the evolution of the lung
  • Details an integrated, causal account of evolution operating across physical and biological domains
  • Argues for a paradigm shift in the way evolution is understood

Readership

Graduate students in biology and medicine; Researchers in evolution; Researchers interested in fundamental questions regarding the integration of research disciplines; A wider research, scholarly and more general audience interested in evolutionary questions

Table of Contents

  • 1. E=mc2, a Game Changer
    2. Nucleosynthesis and the ‘logic’ of Matter
    3. Endosymbiosis as the Fundament for the Continuum from inanimate to animate
    4. "Life is that Which can Mix Oil and Water"- Robert Frost
    5. First There were Bacteria, Now There is New York- Simon Conway Morris
    6. The Periodic Table, an Algorithm for the Synchronic, Diachronic and Qbits
    7. The Homology between the Atom and The Cell as Quantum Mechanics
    8. The Quantum Mechanical Basis for Physiology
    9. Enfolding and Unfolding as the Basis for Niche Construction
    10. The Network of Nature, or Consciousness, as the Software of the Cosmos

Product details

  • No. of pages: 260
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: January 15, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323912976

About the Author

John Torday

John S. Torday is Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Evolutionary Medicine, at the University of California- Los Angeles, USA. He has published over 200 papers on lung biology, and over the course of the last 20 years, more than 100 peer-reviewed articles regarding the evolution of physiology based on cellular-molecular principles of development and phylogeny, by exploiting cell-cell signalling as the underlying mechanism. In addition, he has authored or co-authored six books on this topic that are unique to the literature on biology, medicine, cell biology, developmental biology and pathophysiology. He has taken a unique approach to the question of how and why evolution has occurred based on extensive knowledge of lipid physical chemistry, having studied its role in lung evolution under the influence of hormonal effects on structure and function developmentally, physiologically and pathologically.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Evolutionary Medicine, University of California- Los Angeles, USA

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