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Sounding the Limits of Life
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Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond

Stefan Helmreich

Abstract

What is life? What is water? What is sound? This book investigates how contemporary scientists—biologists, oceanographers, and audio engineers—are redefining these crucial concepts. Life, water, and sound are phenomena at once empirical and abstract, material and formal, scientific and social. In the age of synthetic biology, rising sea levels, and new technologies of listening, these phenomena stretch toward their conceptual snapping points, breaching the boundaries between the natural, cultural, and virtual. Through examinations of the computational life sciences, marine biology, astrobiolog ... More

Keywords: life, water, sound, digital life forms, biological, aquatic, sonic, computational life sciences, marine biology, astrobiology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691164809
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164809.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Helmreich, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology