Sir Paul Nurse

  • What is life?
  • The five answers of biology
  • Geist Heidelberg, Lecture

What is life? And what does the answer to this question mean for the challenges facing humanity today – climate change, pandemics and species extinction? Paul Nurse received the Nobel Prize for showing how living cells work. In his book, written as clearly as it is elegantly, he synthesizes in just a few pages all the knowledge about what it means to be alive. Step by step, Nurse explains the five revolutionary ideas that underlie biology – the cell, the gene, evolution by natural selection, life as chemistry, and life as information.

British cell biologist Sir Paul Nurse was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2001. He has been an advisor to the British Prime Minister on science and technology issues, received more than 60 honorary doctorates and fellowships from international universities, and was recently inducted into the Order of the Companions of Honour. He has been director of the Francis Crick Institute in London since 2011.

Language: English

In the framework of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg



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