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Physics of Biological Systems : From Molecules to Species

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540624752
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Lecture Notes in Physics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366

Table of Contents

Introduction: Physics - and the Physics of Biological Systems 1
Microchips for Sorting DNA 11
The Complexity of Proteins 29
The Energy Landscape Theory of Protein Folding 61
From Interatomic Interactions to Protein Structure 80
Probing Protein Motion Through Temperature Echoes 117
Motor Proteins 155
Shapes and Fluctuations in Membranes 171
Bending Energy Concept of Vesicle and Cell Shapes and Shape Transitions 189
Microtubule Dynamics 213
A Physicist's Introduction to Brains and Neurons 233
Statistical Mechanics and Sensory Signal Processing 252
Molecular Evolutionary Biology 283
Smart Bacterial Colonies 307
Complementarity of Physics, Biology, and Geometry in the Dynamics of Swimming Micro-Organisms 325
Mass Extinctions vs. Uniformitarianism in Biological Evolution 341
Subject Index 357
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