Physics of biological systems : from molecules to species / Henrik Flyvbjerg [and others], eds.

Contributor(s): Flyvbjerg, Henrik, 1949-
Material type: TextTextSeries: Lecture notes in physics: 480.Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©1997Description: 1 online resource (x, 366 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783540497332; 3540497331Subject(s): Biophysics | Molecular biology | Molecular Biology | Biophysics | Biochemistry | Biological Science Disciplines | Genetics | Physics | Chemistry | Natural Science Disciplines | Biology | Disciplines and Occupations | Biophysics | Molecular biologyGenre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Physics of biological systems.DDC classification: 571.4 LOC classification: QH505 | .P463 1997Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Introduction : physics : and the physics of biological systems / Henrik Flyvbjerg and Ole G. Mouritsen -- Microchips for sorting DNA / Thomas Duke and Robert H. Austin -- The complexity of proteins / Hans Frauenfelder -- The energy landscape theory of protein folding / Peter G. Wolynes and Zan Luthey-Schulten -- From interatomic interactions to protein structure / Joseph D. Bryngelson and Eric M. Billings -- Probing protein motion through temperature echoes / Klaus Schulten, Hui Lu, and Linsen Bai -- Motor proteins / Jonathon Howard and Frederick Gittes -- Shapes and fluctuations in membranes / Luca Peliti -- Bending energy concept of vesicle and cell shapes and shape transitions / Erich Sackmann -- Microtubule dDynamics / Henrik Flyvbjerg -- A physicist's introduction to brains and neurons / William Softky and Gary Holt -- Statistical mechanics and sensory signal processing / William Bialek -- Molecular evolutionary biology / Peter Schuster [and others] -- Smart bacterial colonies / Eshel Ben-Jacob, Inon Cohen and Andras Czirók -- Complementarity of physics, biology, and geometry in the dynamics of swimming micro-organisms / John O. Kessler and Nick A. Hill -- Mass extinctions vs. uniformitarianism in biological evolution / Per Bak and Maya Paczuski.
Summary: 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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Introduction : physics : and the physics of biological systems / Henrik Flyvbjerg and Ole G. Mouritsen -- Microchips for sorting DNA / Thomas Duke and Robert H. Austin -- The complexity of proteins / Hans Frauenfelder -- The energy landscape theory of protein folding / Peter G. Wolynes and Zan Luthey-Schulten -- From interatomic interactions to protein structure / Joseph D. Bryngelson and Eric M. Billings -- Probing protein motion through temperature echoes / Klaus Schulten, Hui Lu, and Linsen Bai -- Motor proteins / Jonathon Howard and Frederick Gittes -- Shapes and fluctuations in membranes / Luca Peliti -- Bending energy concept of vesicle and cell shapes and shape transitions / Erich Sackmann -- Microtubule dDynamics / Henrik Flyvbjerg -- A physicist's introduction to brains and neurons / William Softky and Gary Holt -- Statistical mechanics and sensory signal processing / William Bialek -- Molecular evolutionary biology / Peter Schuster [and others] -- Smart bacterial colonies / Eshel Ben-Jacob, Inon Cohen and Andras Czirók -- Complementarity of physics, biology, and geometry in the dynamics of swimming micro-organisms / John O. Kessler and Nick A. Hill -- Mass extinctions vs. uniformitarianism in biological evolution / Per Bak and Maya Paczuski.

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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