Volume I: Molecules and Cells
This volume is the first to lay down a solid foundation for the study of biological organisation at the molecular level using a theoretical approach. Physiological phenomena are explained with mathematical principles, building up a novel theory for biological integration. The volume describes the relationship between the structure of biological macromolecules and the molecular mechanisms of the functioning organism: the regulatory role through inhibition and competition and the catalytic role. It takes issue with the major problem of molecular self organisation of biological systems from a general standpoint as well as from the point of view of information theory. The example used is the DNA replication-translation apparatus of a cell. There is an apparent evolution towards a greater complexity, which comes through an increase in the degree of self organisation and a greater stability in the organism which is studied in detail. The volume finishes with the organisation at the cellular level and the central problem of cell differentiation and its relationships with the physiological functions of the cell, emphasising the concepts of cell morphogenesis, growth, division and cell differentiation.
Volume II: Tissues and Organs
In the same way that Volume I studied the molecular basis of biological organisation, Volume II looks at the cellular and tissue organisation within the discipline of traditional physiology. In addition to addressing the problem of cell-to-cell transfer, the first step in the study of tissues, it provides a mathematical model for all the major physiological functions. The cell and its environment is discussed, with brief descriptions of the plasma membrane and cell junctions. The trans-membrane transport is explained using the thermodynamic theory. The carrier concept and its influence on the calculation of membrane potential is developed as is the Goldman equation and various current theories of