Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions

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Jameel Sadik “Jim” Al-Khalili OBE (born 20 September 1962) is an Iraqi-born British theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster. He is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey. He has hosted several BBC productions about science and is a frequent commentator about science in other British media. In 2014 Al-Khalili was named as a RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) leader by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Physicist Jim Al-Khalili and co-author John joe McFadden, a biologist, explore the far edges of quantum biology in their book “Life on the Edge.”
A professor of physics at the University of Surrey, Jim Al-Khalili doubles as a science communicator and broadcaster. He’s the co-author with
Johnjoe McFadden of Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology. The book explores this emerging — and still largely speculative — area of science suggesting that quantum mechanics may play a role in biology. If so, it may help us understand what drives genetic mutations that lead to cancer, or how robins fly from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean.
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This mind-bending new science might explain life’s biggest questions,
How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself.
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Personal life
Al-Khalili lives in Southsea with his wife Julie. They have a son, Dave, and a daughter, Kate, both at university. Al-Khalili describes himself as an atheist, remarking, “as the son of a Protestant Christian mother and a Shia Muslim father, I have nevertheless ended up without a religious bone in my body”. Al-Khalili has been a supporter of Leeds United football club since the Revie days of the early 1970s

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