IN THE BEAT OF A HEART



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In the Beat of a Heart: Life, Energy, and the Unity of Nature IN THE BEAT OF A HEART LIFE, ENERGY, AND THE UNITY OF NATURE JOHN WHITFIELD Joseph Henry Press Washington, D.C.

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In the Beat of a Heart: Life, Energy, and the Unity of Nature Joseph Henry Press 500 Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001 The Joseph Henry Press, an imprint of the National Academies Press, was created with the goal of making books on science, technology, and health more widely available to professionals and the public. Joseph Henry was one of the founders of the National Academy of Sciences and a leader in early American science. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this volume are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Academy of Sciences or its affiliated institutions. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Whitfield, John, 1970- In the beat of a heart : life, energy, and the unity of nature / John Whitfield. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-309-09681-2 (hardcover) 1. Life (Biology) 2. Vital force. 3. Nature. I. Title. QH501.W48 2006 570—dc22 2006012277 Cover design by Michele de la Menardiere. Cover credit: Mouse photo © GK Hart/Vikki Hart/Getty Images. Background image © Photo Researchers. Copyright 2006 by John Whitfield. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America

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In the Beat of a Heart: Life, Energy, and the Unity of Nature CONTENTS 1   PROLOGUE: “I HAVE TAKEN TO MATHEMATICS”   1 2   THE SLOW FIRE   29 3   MOVING THE LINE   51 4   SEARCHING FOR SIMILARITY   67 5   NETWORKING   87 6   THE PACE OF LIFE   121 7   SEEING THE FOREST FOR THE TREES   145 8   THE CULT OF SANTA ROSALIA   171 9   HUMBOLDT’S GIFTS   205 10   A NEWTON OF THE GRASS BLADE?   231 11   EPILOGUE: “THE GREAT DESIDERATUM”   249     ACKNOWLEDGMENTS   253     REFERENCES   255     INDEX   261

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