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The Physical Basis of Biochemistry

The Foundations of Molecular Biophysics

Authors: Bergethon, Peter R.

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The objective of this book is to provide a unifying approach to the study of biophysical chemistry for the advanced undergraduate who has had a year of physics, organic chem­ istry, calculus, and biology. This book began as a revised edition of Biophysical Chemistry: Molecules to Membranes, which Elizabeth Simons and I coauthored. That short volume was written in an attempt to provide a concise text for a one-semester course in biophysical chemistry at the graduate level. The experience of teaching biophysical chemistry to bi­ ologically oriented students over the last decade has made it clear that the subject requires a more fundamental text that unifies the many threads of modem science: physics, chem­ istry, biology, mathematics, and statistics. This book represents that effort. This volume is not a treatment of modem biophysical chemistry with its rich history and many contro­ versies, although a book on that topic is also needed. The Physical Basis of Biochemistry is an introduction to the philosophy and practice of an interdisciplinary field in which biological systems are explored using the quantitative perspective of the physical scientist. I have three primary objectives in this volume: one, to provide a unifying picture of the interdisciplinary threads from which the tapestry of biophysical studies is woven; two, to provide an insight into the power of the modeling approach to scientific investigation; and three, to communicate a sense of excitement for the activity and wholesome argument that characterize this field of study.

Table of contents (33 chapters)

Table of contents (33 chapters)
  • Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Biophysical Chemistry

    Pages 3-7

    Bergethon, Peter R., M.D.

  • Physical Thoughts, Biological Systems: The Application of Modeling Principles to Understanding Biological Systems

    Pages 8-26

    Bergethon, Peter R., M.D.

  • Probability and Statistics

    Pages 27-40

    Bergethon, Peter R., M.D.

  • Physical Principles: Energy—The Prime Observable

    Pages 43-47

    Bergethon, Peter R., M.D.

  • Physical Principles: Mechanics and Motion

    Pages 48-67

    Bergethon, Peter R., M.D.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Physical Basis of Biochemistry
Book Subtitle
The Foundations of Molecular Biophysics
Authors
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-2963-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-2963-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 567
Number of Illustrations
187 b/w illustrations
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