A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book Quantum Evolution.


Abstract In “Quantum Evolution: Life in the Multiverse” (HarperCollins, 2000), ISBN 0-00-255948-X, 0-00-655128-9, Johnjoe McFadden makes far-reaching claims for the importance of quantum physics in the solution of problems in biological science. In this review, I discuss the relevance of unitary wavefunction dynamics to biological systems, analyse the inverse quantum Zeno effect, and argue that McFadden's use of quantum theory is deeply flawed.

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In quant-ph/0110083, Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili reply to this review. My response to their reply is here.

Matthew J. Donald

The Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE, Great Britain.

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