Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life: A New Unifying Approach to Cell Function

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This book describes how cells work. It challenges the current wisdom of cell function, and presents a new, simpler approach to fundamental processes such as movement, transport, division, and communication, based on sound physical principles. The book is profusely illustrated with many color figures. It is written for the non-expert in an accessible, often humorous style.

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Overview

This book describes how cells work. It challenges the current wisdom of cell function, and presents a new, simpler approach to fundamental processes such as movement, transport, division, and communication, based on sound physical principles. The book is profusely illustrated with many color figures. It is written for the non-expert in an accessible, often humorous style.

It challenges the current wisdom of cell function, and presents a new, simpler approach to fundamental processes such as movement, transport, division, and communication, based on sound physical principles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780962689529
  • Publisher: Ebner & Sons
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 952,945

Meet the Author

Dr. Gerald Pollack is an international leader in the field of muscle contraction and motility. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, and is currently Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. His interests have ranged broadly from cardiac dynamics and electrophysiology to muscle contraction and cell biology. For ten years he headed a multi-investigator program grant to study the molecular mechanism of muscle contraction. He has earned many distinctions including the Kulka Award, JSEM Scientific Paper Award, and Founding Fellowship in the American Institute of Biomedical Engineers. He has organized numerous international conferences, has been on various journal editorial boards, and has authored nine books. His 1990 book, Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion, won an "Excellence Award" from the Society for Technical Communication.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2001

    New ideas explaining cell physiology

    This book challenges mainstream ideas explaining the basic function of living cells. Based on firm physical ground, the author introduces readers step by step to some of the most important events of cellular physiology without invoking mysterious premises or ad hoc preconditions. The basic concept, which goes through the whole explanation of fundamental biological function, is the phenomenon of phase-transition, which bridges the gap between non-living and living organisms. The gap is bridged convincingly, in a way that has never before been done. The book has its special beauty: the illustration are particularly excellent, making the reading easy for people who are not expert in this field. The writing style is easy and brilliant. The book is highly recommended for open minded researchers, students, as well as, the general public. It should be of broad interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2001

    Thought Provoking!

    This is a thoughtful book that will change the way people think about cells. This book challenges established dogmas of cell biology and elegantly explains the structure and function of the cell with basic physical and chemical principles. Wonderfully written, entertaining, and great illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    A thought-provoking new book about cells!

    If you are interested in how cells do their thing and tired of hearing about genes, then this book is for you! Reading almost like a novel, with suspense at the end of each chapter, it will take you through a logical sequence of ideas, some new and some old, that together suggest that there is much to understand about cells and how they work that cannot be explained by gene expression. Very easy reading and thoroughtly enjoyable. Hopefully, a good way to get students to think in new ways about cells. I have ordered it for my new course in Experimental Cell Biology!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    A fresh new look into cell function

    This great book fundamentally changed the way I think about cells. It is not one of your typical cell biology textbooks that only show you the a priori views about cells, leaving out the findings not fitting their overall picture. This book takes you from the very basic laws of physics and chemistry and explains the common cell functions step by step. On the way, it challenges many dogmatic views about cells and introduces very logical and simple new mechanisms. It has a great narrative, which makes you think and speculate, almost like a good mystery novel. I strongly recommend this book to any open-minded science-lover with an interest in cell biology.

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