This unusual book is a serious, in-depth enquiry into Schroedinger's question, "What is Life?" and at the same time, a celebration of life itself. It takes the reader on a voyage of discovery through many areas of contemporary physics from non-equilibrium thermodynamics to quantum optics, all necessary to illuminate the problem of life. In the process, the reader is treated to a rare and exquisite view of the organism, gaining novel insights, not only into the physics, but also "the poetry and meaning of being alive". It is intended for all who love the subject.
What is it to be alive?; do organisms contravene the second law?; can the second law cope with organized complexity?; energy flow and living cycles; how to catch a falling electron; the seventy-three octaves of nature's music; the coherent excitation of the body electric; how coherent is the organism?; life is all the colours of the rainbow in a worm; quantum entanglement and coherence; the ignorance of the external observer; time and freewill.