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Physics makes rules, evolution rolls the dice

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Science  20 Jul 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6399, pp. 236
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7776

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In a fascinating journey across physics and biology, Charles Cockell's The Equations of Life builds a compelling argument for how physical principles constrain the course of evolution. Chapter by chapter, Cockell aims his lens at all levels of biological organization, from the molecular machinery of electron transport to the social organisms formed by ant colonies. In each instance, he shows that although these structures might be endless in their detail, they are bounded in their form.