Mae-Wan Ho

Mae-Wan Ho nsIn existographies, Mae-Wan Ho (1941-2016) (CR:9) was a Chinese-born English biochemist, geneticist, and biophysicist noted, in animate thermodynamics, for her 1993 attempt to intermix the negative entropy ideas of Erwin Schrodinger (1943) with the electron-base life does not exist "as such" theories of Albert Szent Gyorgyi (1948) to outline a physics of organisms.

In c.1980s, Ho, in her laboratory, discovered, as she says, that organisms are “liquid crystalline”, after looking at fruit fly larva, or "worms" as she calls them, under the polarizing light microscope, and seeing a rainbow. [3]

In 1993, Ho, in her The Rainbow and the Worm: the Physics of Organisms, attempts to pick up where Erwin Schrodinger left off in his famous 1943 What is Life?, by focusing in on the thermodynamics, particularly the second law, and other physics topics, in relation to life, such as negentropy, living matter vs. non-living matter, time and free will, etc., extending the discussion on to the "poetry and meaning of being alive."

Ho states that her book began 30 years ago, circa 1963, as a young undergraduate, when she came across Hungarian physiologist Albert Szent Gyorgyi’s idea that life is interposed between two energy levels of the electron, after which she spent the three decades searching for this idea.

The theme of the book seems to be similar to the mindsets of Henri Bergson and James Lovelock, whom Ho cites in support of her view. [1]

Quotes | By
The following are quotes by Ho:

“This book, The Rainbow and the Worm, began 30-years ago, when as a young undergraduate, I came across Szent Gyorgyi’s idea that life is interposed between two energy levels of the electron.”
— Mae-Wan Ho (1993), Preface to first edition of The Rainbow and the Worm (pg. ix)

1. Ho, Mae-Won. (1993). The Rainbow and the Worm: the Physics of Organism (thermodynamics, 60+ pgs). World Scientific, 1998.
3. Ho, Mae-Wan. (2014). “Interview” (Ѻ), Conference on the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology of Water, YouTube, Sep 9.

Further reading
● Mae-Wan Ho. (1994). What is (Schrödinger's) Negentropy?, Modern Trends in BioThermoKinetics 3, 50-61.
● Ho, Mae-Wan. (1995). “The Biology of Free Will” (Ѻ), Based on a lecture delivered at the 6th Mind & Brain Symposium, The Science of Consciousness -- The Nature of Free Will, Nov 4, Institute of Psychiatry, London; Journal of Consciousness Studies 3, 231-244, 1996.

External links
Mae-Wan Ho – Wikipedia.

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