« Only in the co-operation of an enormously large number of atoms do statistical laws begin to operate and control the behaviour of these assemblees with an accuracy increasing as the number of atoms involved increases. It is in that way that the events acquire truly orderly features. […] There are bacteria and other organisms so small that they are strongly affected by this phenomenon [statistical noise]. Their movements are determined by the thermic whims of the surrounding medium; they have no choice. […] You see from this again that an organism must have a comparatively gross structure in order to enjoy the benefit of fairly accurate laws, both for its internal life and for its interplay with the external world. » ~ “What is life?”, Erwin Schroedinger.
January 21, 2011