Physics of Life: What do the laws of physics say?

In 1928 Paul Dirac said, “The underlying physical laws necessary for the mathematical theory of a large part of physics and the whole of┬áchemistry are thus completely known, and the difficulty is only that the exact application of these laws leads to equations much too complicated to be soluble.” Is this enough to explain life? Does quantum mechanics play an important role? This lecture looks at the fundamentals.

David Jamieson is a Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne


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