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The origins of quantum biology

McFadden, Johnjoe and Al-Khalili, Jim (2018) The origins of quantum biology Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 474 (2220), 20180674. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

Quantum biology is usually considered to be a new discipline, arising from recent research that suggests that biological phenomena such as photosynthesis, enzyme catalysis, avian navigation or olfaction may not only operate within the bounds of classical physics but also make use of a number of the non-trivial features of quantum mechanics, such as coherence, tunnelling and, perhaps, entanglement. However, although the most significant findings have emerged in the past two decades, the roots of quantum biology go much deeper—to the quantum pioneers of the early twentieth century. We will argue that some of the insights provided by these pioneering physicists remain relevant to our understanding of quantum biology today.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Biosciences and Medicine
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
McFadden, JohnjoeJ.Mcfadden@surrey.ac.uk
Al-Khalili, JimJ.Al-Khalili@surrey.ac.uk
Date : December 2018
DOI : 10.1098/rspa.2018.0674
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 The Author(s). Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 01 Oct 2019 08:11
Last Modified : 01 Oct 2019 08:11
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852843

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