Biophysics is a science that comprises theoretical plotting and models based on contemporary physicochemical conceptions. They mirror physical specificity of the molecular organization and elementary processes in living organisms, which in their turn form the molecular basis of biological phenomena. Presentation of a complete course in biophysics requires vast biological material as well as additional involvement of state-of-the-art concepts in physics, chemistry and mathematics. This is essential for the students to “perceive” the specific nature and peculiarity of molecular biological processes and see how this specificity is displayed in biological systems. This is the essence of the up-to-date biophysical approach to the analysis of biological processes.
Fundamentals of Biophysics offers a complete, thorough coverage of the material in a straightforward and no-nonsense format, offering a new and unique approach to the material that presents the appropriate topics without extraneous and unneeded filler material.
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About the Author
Andrey B. Rubin is a professor of biophysics at Lomonosov Moscow State University in the Department of Biophysics. Born in Russia, he is chair of the National Committee for Biophysics in the Russian Academy of Science. He was head of the Department of Biophysics at MSU, Governer of the Task Force on Education in Biophysics, and a member of the RAS Council on Space Biology and Biological membrane since 2005. He has received many awards for his contributions to the science of biophysics, holds many patents and inventions, and authored of numerous papers. He is also on the editorial board of the journal, Biophysics, in the Russian language.
Table of Contents
Preface vii1 Dynamic Properties of Biological Processes 12 Types of Dynamic Behavior of Biological Systems 173 Kinetics of Enzyme Processes 354 Distributed Biological Systems. Chaotic Processes 455 Mathematical Models in Ecology 616 Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes in Biological Systems Near Equilibrium 777 Thermodynamics of Systems Far from Equilibrium 938 Physicochemical Principles of Biopolymer Structure 1019 Intramolecular Dynamics of Proteins 12110 Physical Models of Protein Dynamic Mobility 13311 Energy Migration and Electron Transport in Biological Structures 14112 Mechanisms of Enzyme Catalysis 15113 Physicochemical Features of Biological Membranes. Ionic Equilibria 15714 Passive Transport of Substances Across Membranes 17115 Channels and Carriers. Active Transport 17916 Transport of Ions in Excitable Membranes 18517 Primary Processes of Energy Transformation in Photosynthesis 19118 Energy Transformation in Biological Membranes 199Further Reading 207Index 209