Physics and Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127231402, 9780323160735

Physics and Biology

1st Edition

Editors: M Volkenstein
eBook ISBN: 9780323160735
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th December 1982
Page Count: 174
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Physics and Biology demonstrates the unlimited possibilities of physics in explaining a variety of biological phenomena. It explores developments in biophysics and the most general problems of biological thermodynamics, information theory, and the physical theory of biological development and how they are all connected with the biophysics of complicated systems.
Organized into 13 chapters, this volume begins with a historical overview of biophysics, with emphasis on molecular biophysics, followed by a discussion of the biophysics of the cell and of complicated systems. It then introduces the reader to the physical basis of theoretical chemistry and biologically functional substances, with emphasis on some concepts that are necessary for the understanding of molecular biophysics. The next chapters focus on some properties of biopolymers such as proteins and nucleic acids, how molecules interact with each other, and the peculiarities of macromolecules. More specifically, the molecules of organic substances, the chemical reaction involved in molecular interactions, van der Waals forces, and the role of hydrogen bonds in biological processes are considered. The final chapter analyzes the physicochemical basis of the functions of biological molecules. This book will be a valuable resource for physicists, biologists, chemists, natural scientists, and anyone who wants help in tackling some important biophysics-related problems in the contemporary natural sciences.

Table of Contents


Preface

Chapter 1 Contemporary Biophysics

Chapter 2 Physics and Chemistry

Chapter 3 Some Properties of Electron Waves

Chapter 4 Strong and Weak Interactions of Molecules

Chapter 5 The Physics of Macromolecules

Chapter 6 Molecular Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Chapter 7 Biosynthesis of Proteins and the Genetic Code

Chapter 8 Cellular Biophysics and Bioenergetics

Chapter 9 Thermodynamics and Information Theory in Biology

Chapter 10 Physicomathematical Modeling of Biological Processes

Chapter 11 Problems of Development

Chapter 12 Biological Development and Information Theory

Chapter 13 About False Biophysics

References

Index






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No. of pages:
174
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1982
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780323160735

About the Editor

M Volkenstein

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