Montag, 18. November 2019, 15:30 - 20:00 iCal

What is Life?

An afternoon devoted to Erwin Schrödinger's eponymous question of his book from 1944.

Erwin Schrödinger Institute, University of Vienna
Boltzmanngasse 9/2, 1090 Vienna


The event commemorates the appearance of Erwin Schrödinger’s seminal book “What is Life?” 75 years ago, based on his public lectures on “The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell” at Trinity College, Dublin, in February 1943.


This small book was very successful as an introduction to the molecular basis of heredity, and both Francis Crick and James Watson independently acknowledged it as source of inspiration for their research which in 1953 led to their model of DNA.

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Erwin Schrödinger Institute


Erwin Schrödinger Institute for Mathematics and Physics, University of Vienna
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