Progress in Mathematical Physics

Biological Physics

Poincaré Seminar 2009

Editors: Duplantier, Bertrand, Rivasseau, Vincent (Eds.)

  • Contains articles from leading researchers in the field
  • Includes up-to-date results from theory and experiments
  • Covers topics that are of great interest in biophysics
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This new volume in the Poincaré Seminar Series, describing recent developments at the interface between physics and biology, is directed towards a broad audience of physicists, biologists, and mathematicians. Both the theoretical and experimental aspects are covered, and particular care is devoted to the pedagogical nature of the presentations. The first survey article, by Jean-Francois Joanny and Jacques Prost, describes the theoretical advances made in the study of "active gels", with applications to liquid crystals and cell motility. Jasper van der Gucht and Cécile Sykes then report on recent advances made with biomimetic model systems in the understanding of cytokinesis. The next article, by Jonathon Howard, presents several molecular models for motor proteins, which are compared with experimental results for kinesin. David Lacoste and Kirone Mallick then show theoretically that similar ratchet models of motor proteins naturally satisfy a fundamental time-reversal symmetry, the Gallavotti-Cohen fluctuation relation. Jean-Francois Allemand, David Bensimon and Vincent Croquette and their coauthors describe the latest advances made in the real-time single molecule study of the enzymes involved in DNA replication. Raymond E. Goldstein addresses the problem of understanding, from a physics perspective, the driving forces behind the biological evolution of multicellularity, using Volvocine algae as model organisms. Stanislas Dehaene finally addresses the major challenge of understanding the neuronal mechanism of consciousness, and speculates on the possible theoretical explanations of MRI experiments. Picture of the Poincaré Seminar 2009 Contributing authors: Jean-François Allemand, David Bensimon, Vincent Croquette, Stanislas Dehaene, Ding Fangyuan, Raymond E. Goldstein, Jonathon Howard, Jean-François Joanny, David Lacoste, Timothée Lionnet, Kirone Mallick, Maria Manosas, Élise Praly, Jacques Prost, Cécile Sykes, Jasper van der Gucht

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Constructing Tools for the Description of Cell Dynamics

    Joanny, Jean-François (et al.)

    Pages 1-32

  • A Physical Model of Cellular Symmetry Breaking

    Gucht, Jasper (et al.)

    Pages 33-46

  • Motor Proteins as Nanomachines: The Roles of Thermal Fluctuations in Generating Force and Motion

    Howard, Jonathon

    Pages 47-59

  • Fluctuation Relations for Molecular Motors

    Lacoste, David (et al.)

    Pages 61-88

  • Studies of DNA-Replication at the Single Molecule Level Using Magnetic Tweezers

    Manosas, Maria (et al.)

    Pages 89-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biological Physics
Book Subtitle
Poincaré Seminar 2009
Editors
  • Bertrand Duplantier
  • Vincent Rivasseau
Series Title
Progress in Mathematical Physics
Series Volume
60
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-0346-0428-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0346-0428-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-0346-0427-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-0348-0315-1
Series ISSN
1544-9998
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 170
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