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Ursel Nendzig Renée Schroeder - The hen and the egg

Searching for the origins of life

Searching for the molecule of life

What is a human? Every person would like to know what or who he or she is. In her fascinating search for the molecule of life the biochemist Renée Schroeder has made groundbreaking discoveries. In her search for answers she does not hesitate to question the possibilities of genetics and in the dispute between belief and science clearly positions herself in favor of a society based on knowledge. In all this, she is never afraid addressing on taboos. The question of the origin of life leads Schroeder far beyond the boundaries of her own scientific field and towards fundamental issues of being. Where do we come from, where are we going? How does evolution work and what role does chance play? Renée Schroeder’s undogmatic approach to the boundaries of our perception opens the door to a new way of thinking and new perspectives. In this book the passionate scientist explains what applied bioethics is and what the hen-egg question means for our future, all while guiding us through the wonderful world of molecules.

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208 pages
format:140 x 220
ISBN: 9783701732487
Release date: 13.09.2011

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Ursel Nendzig

born 1980. After studying Economics, Nendzig partook in a journalistic training. She is an editor for "Universum" magazine and a freelance author for several magazines and newspapers.

Renée Schroeder

born 1953 in João Monlevade, Brazil, studied Biochemistry in Vienna and New York and wrote her habilitation on Genetics. She has been head of the Department for Biochemistry at Vienna University since 2005. From 2001-2005 she was a member of the Bioethics Commission of the Austrian Federal government, since 2010 she has been a member of the Austrian Council for Science and Technology Development. In 2002 she was elected Austrian Scientist of the Year, in 2003 she received the Wittgenstein Prize and was one of the first women to become a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.


Sie diskutiert manchmal über ihr Weltbild. Und das sagt, dass der Weg zur Wirklichkeit unbequem ist und dabei Hypothesen umgeworfen werden müssen. (…) Genau in diesem Stil hat sie der Journalistin Ursel Nendzig erzählt, was Leben ist. Ihr Wunsch, dass danach jede/r LeserIn weiß, was eine RNA ist, wird wohl in Erfüllung gehen.
DER STANDARD, Peter Illetschko

… eine Plauderei im besten Sinn.
DIE PRESSE, Thomas Kramar

Eine spannende Kopf-Reise zu den Grundfragen des Seins.

Die Wittgenstein-Preisträgerin belässt es nicht bei einem populärwissenschaftlichen Ausflug durch ihre \\\\\\\"Lieblingswelt\\\\\\\" - jener der Moleküle und Atome -, sondern sie präsentiert (…) auch einen sehr persönlichen Streifzug durch Randthemen der Forschung, darunter der Umgang mit Religion, Frauenkarrieren, Ethik und Bildung.

Biochemikerin Renée Schroeder hat ein Buch geschrieben, das weit über ihr Fach in Philosophie und Alltagsleben hinausgeht.
KLEINE ZEITUNG, Norbert Swoboda

… beschreibt sie ihre Lebensphilosophie und – für Laien verständlich – die Faszination ihres Forschungsgebiets.

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