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(Slight intro detail: I'm an engineer and I had already read a whole quantum mechanics book before this one)
The scope and the topic of this book are stunningly interesting, to say the least. It is very focused on quantum biology from the get-go and it provides a fascinating (though extremely technical) journey through the world of proteins, sensorial perception (i.e. olfaction, sight, compass sensing in birds) and photosynthesis in plants and bacteria. The book is roughly 350 pages long and is divided into 15 chapters. It took me approximately one month to go through it. It is rather compact and complete with graphs, illustrations and schematics to understand the physical phenomena underlying the vastly unexplored world of quantum biology. I'll provide some further information in order for you to understand whether this is an enjoyable read for you.
- Part 1, introduction: The first four chapters here are meant to give an overview of the topics tackled in the book as well as the necessary maths knowledge required to understand the book. This whole part is excruciatingly difficult to follow and understand fully. I really recommend getting acquainted meticulously with BASIC quantum mechanics principles first. Some commonly-used experimental set-ups are presented as well. - Part 2, QE in bacterial photosynthetic energy transfer: The book reaches its climax: photosynthesis with regard to purple bacteria Photosynthetic system and environment assisted quantum transport of light-induced excitations. The biological structure of the studied complexes is presented thoroughly together with a quantitative description of the quantum phenomena involved. Both open and closed questions are reported. The book is sometimes hard to follow due to some non-trivial mathematical step, though the qualitative discussion is always excellent, clear and concise. - Part 3, QE in higher organisms and applications: Definitely the brightest part of the work: Electron tunnelling through proteins, birds' intrinsic compass for navigation, olfaction, sight, open questions on quantum entanglement, bio-inspired quantum materials and applications thereof, excitations in carbon nanotubes. The most enjoyable yet mysterious part of the journey.
Overall: I consider this to be a must-read for anyone who wants to have a deep insight into quantum biology. Though, the book IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! Those who do not have a basic knowledge of biology, biochemistry, quantum mechanics and advanced algebra may find this book downright cumbersome, boring and disappointing! My experience was excellent, including the delivery (I ordered it from Italy and the book reached its intended destination in something like three or four days in perfect condition!)