Foundations of Biophysics

Foundations of Biophysics

1st Edition - June 28, 1975

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  • Author: A. L. Stanford
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276441

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Foundations of Biophysics serves as an introductory textbook for physical science students to the principles and problems of the life sciences. The book offers to teach physical science students the basic vocabulary of the life sciences and the applications of physics and chemistry to a wide range of biological problems. Topics presented in the book include biological vocabulary and concepts; biological functions at the molecular level of each biological system; and commonly used tools of experimental biophysics. Students in the field of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering will find the book a good learning material.

Table of Contents


  • Contents

    Preface

    Unit I Becoming Acquainted with Living Systems

    Chapter I The Biologist^s View of Life

    Characteristics of Life

    A Few Biological Generalizations

    Cellular Organization

    Cellular Division

    Biological Classification

    References and Suggested Reading

    Chapter II The Chemistry of Living Systems

    Chemical Bonds

    SubUnits of Macromolecules

    Biological Macromolecules

    Cellular Energy Conversion

    References and Suggested Reading

    Chapter III Genetics

    Mendelian Genetics

    Molecular Genetics

    References and Suggested Reading

    Chapter IV Molecular Transport in Living Systems

    Diffusion

    Membranes

    References and Suggested Reading

    Unit II The Biophysical Approach to Special Organ Systems

    Chapter V The Nervous System

    Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System

    The Nerve Impulse

    Nervous System Function

    Learning and Memory

    References and Suggested Reading

    Chapter VI Sound and Hearing

    Some Physical Aspects of Sound

    Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear

    Theoretical Mechanisms of Hearing

    References and Suggested Reading

    Chapter VII Light and Vision

    Some Physical Aspects of Light

    Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye

    Theory and Experiment of the Visual Process

    References and Suggested Reading

    Chapter VIII The Circulatory System

    Blood and Its Distribution

    The Heart

    Electrocardiography

    References and Suggested Reading

    Chapter IX Muscle and Bone

    Anatomy and Terminology

    The Events of Muscular Contraction

    The Physics of Muscular Contraction

    References and Selected Readings

    Chapter X Viruses

    The Nature of Viruses

    Structure of Viruses

    The Replication Cycle of Viruses

    References and Suggested Reading

    Unit III Biophysical Techniques

    Chapter XI Techniques Using Wave Phenomena

    Microscopy

    X-Ray Diffraction

    Absorption Spectrophotometry

    References and Suggested Reading

    Chapter XII Techniques Using Nuclear Phenomena

    Fundamental Properties of Atomic Nuclei

    Isotopic Tracer Methods

    Effects of Radiation on Living Systems

    References and Suggested Reading

    Chapter XIII Techniques Using Mechanical and Electrical Phenomena

    Centrifugation and Sedimentation

    Biophysical Instrumentation

    References and Suggested Reading

    Glossary

    Index

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  • No. of pages: 404
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1975
  • Published: June 28, 1975
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276441

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