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Life: Biology, genetics, evolution, complexity and dynamic systems...

A. Panda
The list author says: "Discover the mysteries of how life emerges, evolves and expresses itself. This list is under construction as I read through this marvellous terrain."
Cracking the Genome: Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA
Cracking the Genome: Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA
"The history of the uncoding of human DNA, from the beginnings of genetics with Mendel's peas to the race to crack the human genome as one of the main achievements of the 20th century."
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
"The history of humanity as told by  mitochondrial DNA. What secrets does mitochondrial DNA hide? Can we explain human migrations, ancient conquests, etc. by studyng our genes?"
Life Itself: Exploring the Realm of the Living Cell
Life Itself: Exploring the Realm of the Living Cell
"This book explains the basics of genetics from a cellular point of view. Read everything you wish to know of the way cells work, from one-celled bacteria to multicellular organisms and discover some deep mysteries of life itself."
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
"Learn interesting facts about 23 different genes (one in each of our chromosome pairs). What we know about these genes and their function, as well as what happens when some letter of its code has mutated."
Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human
Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human
"Learn how nature (genes) and their responses are activated or inhibited via nurture (or expressed differently by the environment and external stimuli). You will be amazed how external stimuli can affect our development and you will find lots of interesting facts about our personality traits."
How the Leopard Changed Its Spots : The Evolution of Complexity
How the Leopard Changed Its Spots : The Evolution of Complexity
"Can morphogenesis play an important role in the development of form? Can form be determined by the physical and chemical properties of the substances in the cell's medium? Interesting experiments done in algae from which the nucleus (and thereby the genetic information) has been removed. Morphogenesis could prove to be an important complement to genetics. Excellent book."
The Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates The Complexities of Human Thought
The Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates The Complexities of Human Thought
"Brief explanation of genetics and the formation of neurons, the nervous system and the brain, including its "wiring" from a genetical point of view. It also explains, the implications on our brain functions. Personally I think everything was too briefly explained, but it's a good introduction to the topics."
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo
"Excellent account of the new science that combines genetics with embryology, giving rise to "Evo Devo". It explains how the same genes in different species are responsible of first their modular design and second, by making each module more specific, of differentiation."
The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What it Means for Business and Society
The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What it Means for Business and Society
"It's not a mistake that this book appears on this list, since it tries to explain economy as a complex adaptive system (like a living being). The explanations of evolution and complexity theories given in this book might be even better and easier than those in some biology boks."
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
"Excellent account of the way our body and its parts are constructed, via paleonthology (the study of fossils), genetics and embryology or developmental biology. One of the best explanations of evolution you will find."
Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity
Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity
"This book explains basic concepts of self-sustained criticalities (semi-equilibrium states) which arise at the boundary between perfect equilibrium states and chaotical states. Life emerges apparently at this precise border (at the edge of chaos). This book is more physically and chemically oriented (less biology, since the author is an astrophysicist), but easily explained and truly interesting."
Investigations
Investigations
"This is one of the most astounding and groundbreaking books I have read. It tries to "investigate" into the origins of life and into its defining properties from different perspectives: biology, chemistry, physics, complexity and networks. Finally it tries to establish the laws of a general biology, which can explain life anywhere in the universe and in any form the ecosystems would adopt."
Glowing Genes: A Revolution In Biotechnology
Glowing Genes: A Revolution In Biotechnology
"Comprehensive overview of the findings of bioluminiscent and biofluorescent proteins and the genes that code them. This genes are found mainly in fireflies, medusas, deep sea fish and corals and have been succesfully inserted in roundworms' and even in mammals' DNA, to be used as markers or tags for proteins and gene promoters and have wide uses in medicine, agriculture,gene research and art."
The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex
The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex
"While at Caltech, Mr. Gell-Mann predicted the quark and formulated quantum chromodynamics (QCD). The fundamental laws of nature are reductionistic and therefore "simple". At the Sante Fe Institute he turned to chaos, where the outcome is extremely sensitive to initial conditions. Complex adaptive systems reside at the border between order and chaos, so his life adventures cover the full range."
Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution
Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution
"This book explains symbiosis and coopereration between microorganisms as the basis for complex systems and as a different approach to evolution. Microorganisms are everywhere, even inside our cells as mitochondrias... Excellent book!"
Life's Matrix: A Biography of Water
Life's Matrix: A Biography of Water
"Here you will find everything you would like to know about water: how it was formed some time after the Big Bang, how it pervaded our planet and its presence in other places in our Solar System. Read about the investigations that led to understand its chemical composition, as well as its strange physical and chemical properties, which ultimately made life possible."
Genes, Peoples, and Languages
Genes, Peoples, and Languages
"This book links dicoveries in very different fields like paleonthology and archeology with genetics, in order to follow the footsteps of mankind to populate the world."
Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect
Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect
"The human natures as explained by different science fields, from genetics, paleonthology, neuroscience, anthropolgy, etc. The title says it all: "Genes, culture and the human prospect". I think this book encompasses everything I have read before on these subjects, by blending excellently discoveries in each field with an evolutionary perspective."
Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life
Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life
"Excellent introduction into non-equilibrium dynamics, the second law of thermodynamics, order and life. Taking  the Schroedinger lectures "What is life" as starting point, the authors narrate how the new science field "thermodynamics of life" emerged and its most recent discoveries."