Readership: This book will appeal to anyone interested in ideas and the nature of life, especially the new concept of 'systems biology'. This includes readers of popular science, especially anyone looking for an alternative biological counterpoint to The Selfish Gene, and students of biology and professional biologists (as an informal and inspiring introduction to systems biology).
Denis Noble, Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at the University of Oxford
Review(s) from previous edition"A beautifully written book... After the great successes of molecular biology, the time has come to re-assemble the organism. Denis Noble tells us why this needs to be done. He also tells us how we should go about it. Strongly recommended.
- Sir Patrick Bateson, F.R.S., Emeritus Professor of Ethology, Cambridge
"highly evocative essay" - Steven Poole, The Guardian
1: The CD of Life: the genome
2: The organ of 30,000 pipes
3: The Score: is it written down?
4: The Conductor: downward causation
5: The Rhythm Section: the heartbeat and other rhythms
6: The Orchestra: the organs and systems of the body
7: Modes and Keys: cellular harmony
8: The Composer: evolution
9: The Opera Theatre: the brain
10: Curtain Call: The artist disappears