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Books on molecules
SP   1/5/2015 10:42:05 PM
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Biology is an interesting subject. It's always exciting to read about our body cells. And with smartphones coming in you can read whenever and wherever. But how does this biology concept merges with engineering .

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Susan Fourtané   1/6/2015 8:29:36 AM
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SP, 

What Max tries to say with all this is that a human being is like a more complex amoeba. :D Although I would think about this twice as an amoeba can reproduce by itself and a human being can't. 

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Susan Fourtané   1/6/2015 8:29:36 AM
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SP, 

What Max tries to say with all this is that a human being is like a more complex amoeba. :D Although I would think about this twice as an amoeba can reproduce by itself and a human being can't. 

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Max Maxfield   1/6/2015 9:50:17 AM
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@SP: ...But how does this biology concept merges with engineering...

I'm glad you asked. It could be argued that it doesn't LOL

On the other hand... most of the engineers I know are multi-dimensional beings -- they love engineering, but they also have interests outside of engineering -- for example I know one chip designer who builds his own violins.

There are lots of books out there -- an inconceivable amount really -- one way to filter out the "noise" is for us to recommend the really good ones to each other -- like the two I mentioned in this blog.

There's also the fact that we are starting to make robots that imitate living creatures -- who knows where this will lead?

My first love is engineering (well, beer, bacon, then engineering), but as much as popssioble I also like to keep abreast of what's going on in biology, chemistry, physics, etc., so check out my "Recommended Reads" blog if you are ever looking for something to read.

 

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Jacob   1/6/2015 10:48:31 PM
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"On the other hand... most of the engineers I know are multi-dimensional beings -- they love engineering, but they also have interests outside of engineering -- for example I know one chip designer who builds his own violins."

Max, the working style or functionality of human body/organs resembles like a well designed engineering system.  Heart like a motor pump, kidneys like well structured multi level of filter, brain with fuzzy logic etc are some of the examples. Still doctors/engineers failed in create duplicate or substitute any of the human complex organs.

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Max Maxfield   1/7/2015 10:23:31 AM
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@Jacob: Max, the working style or functionality of human body/organs resembles like a well designed engineering system.

There are some engineering glitches -- like hiccups, for example :-)

Have you read Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body? Thsi is a very thought-provoking read.

Another good book is Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind

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Jacob   1/7/2015 11:01:18 PM
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"Have you read Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body? Thsi is a very thought-provoking read. Another good book is Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind"

Max, sofar NO. I will try to get a pdf or e book.

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Max Maxfield   1/8/2015 9:30:19 AM
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@Jacob: I will try to get a pdf or e book.

I would be very interested to hear what you think after you read these. You will find some additional suggestions in my Recommended Reads column. My absolute #1 recommendation to anyone is "Wetware: A Computer In Every Living Cell"

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Jacob   1/8/2015 10:32:57 PM
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"I would be very interested to hear what you think after you read these. You will find some additional suggestions in my Recommended Reads column. My absolute #1 recommendation to anyone is "Wetware: A Computer In Every Living Cell""

Max, thanks. I will let you know after reading it; may take one or two weeks.

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Max Maxfield   1/9/2015 9:48:27 AM
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@Jacob: Max, thanks. I will let you know after reading it; may take one or two weeks.

No rush -- no pressure (although I will be asking questions afterwards LOL). It will just be nice to hear what you think and to discuss them with you.

Re the "Wetware" one -- I loaded thsi to sopmeopne (I forget who) and it has not yet found it's way home, so I just bought another copy -- it's that good!

 

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