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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: George C Papageorgiou, Ph. D.(National Center of Scientific Research "Demokritos")
Description: The book introduces the basic concepts of thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and atomic and molecular structure to enable readers to approach biological themes from a physicochemical viewpoint.
Purpose: The purpose was to provide a textbook for teaching biology from a physical-chemistry viewpoint, a worthy objective that this book achieves.
Audience: The author intends this book for university students, and it is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate university students as well as intellectually alert professionals (university and high school educators, medical doctors, researchers, et al.).
Features: Importantly, each chapter in the first two parts includes a research direction section that guides readers into frontline themes of broader or global interest in biophysics, biology, and medicine. The four chapters in the third and final part delve into selected areas of biology, such as vision, transport of molecules and ions across biological membranes, cell, tissue, and organism imaging, PET scanning, and Parkinson's disease. This part concludes with a discussion of photosynthesis.
Assessment: Biophysics defines a truly a vast area of human knowledge and experience, so the author had to be critically selective, and he was successful. For readers who may want to explore a particular direction further, lists of references at the end of each chapter will provide them guidance. This is strongly recommended as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students with backgrounds in the physical and biological sciences. It will also prove extremely useful to university and high school educators, medical doctors, and researchers who want to go beyond a surface treatment of biological phenomenology to its roots in physics and chemistry.