What Is Life? by Erwin Schrödinger

What Is Life? is a non-fiction book on science for the lay reader written by physicist Erwin Schrödinger. One of the discoverers of the structure of DNA, Francis Crick, credited What Is Life? as a theoretical description, before the actual discovery of the structure of DNA (the existence of the molecule had been known since 1869, but its role in reproduction and its helical shape had not even been guessed at this time), of how genetic storage would work and a source for inspiration for the initial research.

The 175th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Great Books of the Western World (Great Books Foundation)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
What is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches (Canto Classics) Paperback 16459 $11.37 $10.27 2012
What is Life? (Canto Classics) Kindle Edition 39944 $9.39 2012
Cambridge Harper Collins What Is Life? Paperback 8886989 $7.32 $39.90 2015