How Do You Say ‘Life’ in Physics?

A new theory sheds light on the emergence of life’s complexity

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Nov 1, 2018 · 14 min read
Illustration: Jon Han

By Allison Eck

“To imagine a language is to imagine a form of life.”
— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (1953)

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