Lecture Notes in Physics

Physics of Biological Systems

From Molecules to Species

Editors: Flyvbjerg, H., Hertz, J., Jensen, M.H., Mouritsen, O.G., Sneppen, K. (Eds.)

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This book contains pedagogical introductions to a selection of the most exciting subjects in current biological physics: - Sorting DNA on a microchip: a first step towards miniature laboratories on a chip.
- Modeling protein folding, structure, and motion.
- Physics of organelles: mechanical characteristics of molecular motors; dynamics of microtubules; shapes of membranes, vesicles and cells.
- A physicist's view of brains and neurons; statistics of sensory signal processing.
- Evolutionary biology of molecules; pattern forming bacterial colonies; model ecologies with Darwinian co-evolution.
The book is aimed at graduate students and researchers in physics, biology and mathematical modeling who have no prior knowledge of its subjects. Problems, methods, results, and perspectives are presented with the emphasis on general aspects and explanations, and only the necessary minimum of mathematical formalism is used.

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"...an extraordinarily deep and superbly pedagogical background for physical research at all levels, from molecules to evolution...a truly inspiring contribution to the field." - Physics Today

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: Physics - and the Physics of Biological Systems

    Flyvbjerg, Henrik (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Microchips for Sorting DNA

    Duke, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 11-26

  • The Complexity of Proteins

    Frauenfelder, Hans

    Pages 29-60

  • The Energy Landscape Theory of Protein Folding

    Wolynes, Peter G. (et al.)

    Pages 61-79

  • From Interatomic Interactions to Protein Structure

    Bryngelson, Joseph D. (et al.)

    Pages 80-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physics of Biological Systems
Book Subtitle
From Molecules to Species
Editors
  • Henrik Flyvbjerg
  • John Hertz
  • Mogens H. Jensen
  • Ole G. Mouritsen
  • Kim Sneppen
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
480
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-49733-2
DOI
10.1007/b13591
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 366
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