Centre de Physique des Houches

Dynamical Networks in Physics and Biology

At the Frontier of Physics and Biology Les Houches Workshop, March 17–21, 1997

Editors: Beysens, D., Forgacs, G. (Eds.)

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The 1997 Les Houches workshop on "Dynamical Network in Physics and Biology" was the third in a series of meetings "At the Frontier between Physics and Biology". Our objective with these workshops is to create a truly interdisciplinary forum for researchers working on outstanding problems in biology, but using different approaches (physical, chemical or biological). Generally speaking, the biologists are trained in the particular and motivated by the specifics, while, in contrast, the physicists deal with generic and "universal" models. All agree about the necessity of developing "robust" models. The specific aim of the workshop was to bridge the gap between physics and biology in the particular field of interconnected dynamical networks. The proper functioning of a living organism of any complexity requires the coordinated activity of a great number of "units". Units, or, in physical terms, degrees of freedom that couple to one another, typically form networks. The physical or biological properties of interconnected networks may drastically differ from those of the individual units: the whole is not simply an assembly of its parts, as can be demonstrated by the following examples. Above a certain (critical) concentration the metallic islands, randomly distributed in an insulating matrix, form an interconnected network. At this point the macroscopic conductivity of the system becomes finite and the amorphous metal is capable of carrying current. The value of the macroscopic conductivity typically is very different from the conductivity of the individual metallic islands.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • Cooperative Phenomena in Physical Networks

    Forgacs, G.

    Pages 3-13

  • Complex Networks in Cell Biology

    Janmey, P. A. (et al.)

    Pages 17-25

  • The Keratocyte Cytoskeleton: A Dynamic Structural Network

    Anderson, K. I.

    Pages 27-40

  • Adhesion Mediated Signaling: The Role of Junctional Plaque Proteins in the Regulation of Tumorigenesis

    Ben-Ze’ev, A.

    Pages 41-49

  • Of Proteins, Redox States and Living Things

    Moldovan, L. (et al.)

    Pages 51-66

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dynamical Networks in Physics and Biology
Book Subtitle
At the Frontier of Physics and Biology Les Houches Workshop, March 17–21, 1997
Editors
  • D. Beysens
  • G. Forgacs
Series Title
Centre de Physique des Houches
Series Volume
10
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag France
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-03524-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-03524-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-65349-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 315
Number of Illustrations and Tables
134 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Jointly published with EDP Sciences, Les Ulis, France
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