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Photobiology

The Science of Life and Light

Editors: Björn, Lars Olof (Ed.)

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  • Offers a thorough introduction and research overview to the basics of "light science"
  • Collects the biggest group of international experts in the field in one book
  • Includes chapters from all areas of photobiology, photochemistry, and the relationship between light and biology, each with up-to-date references
  • Second edition is fully updated and offers five new chapters for a comprehensive look at photobiology
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About this book

Since the publication of the first edition in 2002, there has been an explosion of new knowledge in the field of photobiology.

Photobiology: The Science of Life and Light, Second edition, is fully updated and offers eight new chapters for a comprehensive look at photobiology. The chapters cover all areas of photobiology, photochemistry, and relationship between light and biology, each with up-to-date references. The chapter authors (of which seven are new) have very different backgrounds, and have produced a truly cross-disciplinary treatise.

The book starts with the physics and chemistry of light, and how to handle light in the laboratory and measure it in the field, the properties of daylight, and new uses of light in research. It deals with the evolution of photosynthesis and with the mechanisms of its primary steps. Four chapters deal with how organisms use light for their orientation in space and time: the biological clock and its resetting by light, the light-dependent magnetic compass, and photoperiodism in animals and plants. There are also several medically oriented chapters and two chapters specifically aimed at the photobiology educator.

The book is suitable for biologically interested readers at different levels from undergraduates to professors, researchers and medical doctors.

 

About the Editor:

Lars Olof Björn is professor emeritus at Lund University and has earned several prizes for popularizing science, as well as a Linnaeus prize for botany and a Rimington prize for photobiology. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and was on the board of the International Photobiology Association for twelve years.

About the authors

Lars Olof Björn is professor emeritus at Lund University and has earned several prizes for popularizing science, as well as a Linnaeus prize for botany and a Rimington prize for photobiology. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and was on the board of the International Photobiology Association for twelve years.

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

"This unique volume addresses the biological diversity and interdisciplinarity of photobiology in a current, comprehensive way. General material about photobiological techniques and the nature of light connects with more specialized chapters on topics including photosynthesis, photomorphogenesis, photoperiodism, bioluminescence, and vision. … The expertise of leading photobiologist Björn … and the other authors is evident throughout the book. … Illustrations are well chosen … . Björn’s book is more detailed, cohesive, and up-to-date. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (H. L. Gorton, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), 2008)

“The book covers a very wide range of photobiological disciplines. This approach enables to elucidate similarities in individual mechanisms, for instance photosynthesis and vision. … The book is basically suited for students and teachers. … A great advantage of the book is combination of theoretical and very precious practical information. Everyone interested in the interaction of light and biological systems will find important and wide information there.”­­­ (J. Nauš, Photosynthetica, Vol. 48 (1), 2010)


Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • The Nature of Light and Its Interaction with Matter

    Pages 1-39

    Björn, Lars Olof

  • Principles and Nomenclature for the Quantification of Light

    Pages 41-49

    Björn, Lars Olof

  • Generation and Control of Light

    Pages 51-67

    Björn, Lars Olof

  • The Measurement of Light

    Pages 69-91

    Björn, Lars Olof

  • Light as a Tool for Biologists: Recent Developments

    Pages 93-122

    Björn, Lars Olof

Buy this book

eBook $179.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-72655-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $229.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2485-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Photobiology
Book Subtitle
The Science of Life and Light
Editors
  • Lars Olof Björn
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-72655-7
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-72655-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2485-8
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXII, 684
Additional Information
Originally published by Springer Netherlands
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