Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Fritz Albert Popp, Internationales Institut air Biophysik (JIB), Neuss
Recent years have been characterised not only by epoch making technical advances (for example in electronic data processing and in so called genetic engineering), but also — and no less spectacularly for the specialists involved — in optics and quantum electrodynamics. As an example, I would like to mention so called „quenched states", non linear optical phenomena such as phase conjugation and, more recently, the unexpectedly high storage capacity for light which was briefly hailed as a scientific sensation even in the day to day German press.
All these achievements have an effect on the understanding of living systems, although the connections are still not clearly recognised and discussed. That is understandable when we consider that,
very little is known even now about the „nature of life",
we still focus our attention on molecular biological considerations, and