Progress in Theoretical Biology

Progress in Theoretical Biology

1st Edition - January 1, 1972

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  • Editor: Fred Snell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323153959

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Progress in Theoretical Biology, Volume 2, brings together the significant and timely theoretical developments in particular areas of biology in a critical and synthetic manner. It is concerned with a field which has emerged as an identifiable subdiscipline of the biological sciences. This emergence and recognition signify that biological science has evolved from its initial stage of description and classification into the adolescence of transformation to the quantitative. The book's opening chapter develops a theory that uses a new generalization of statistical mechanics to provide a basis for understanding how the microscopic behavior of nonliving parts can generate the macroscopic appearance of a living aggregate. The subsequent chapters discuss theoretical methods in systematic and evolutionary studies; the theory of neural masses; the design of chemical reaction systems; cooperative processes in biological systems; and the organization of motor systems. This book is intended for the modern biological scientist as well as for the physical scientist who is inquisitive of the ways of the most complex of all processes.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Nicholas Rashevsky

    Contents of Volume 1

    Living Aggregates of Nonliving Parts: A Generalized Statistical Mechanical Theory

    I. Introduction

    II. Generalized Statistical Mechanics

    III. Active and Passive Anomalous Transport

    IV. Living Organization


    Theoretical Methods in Systematic and Evolutionary Studies

    I. Introduction

    II. Theory and Method

    III. Concepts for Comparison and Review

    IV. Concluding Remarks


    Waves, Pulses, and the Theory of Neural Masses

    I. Introduction

    II. Comparison of the Hypotheses of Reflex Centers and of Pulse Logic

    III. State Variables of Neural Masses

    IV. The Parameters of Neural Masses

    V. Some Implications for Neural Information Processing

    VI. Summary



    Design for Autonomous Chemical Growth under Different Environmental Constraints

    I. Introduction

    II. Examples of Autonomous Chemical Growth

    III. Simplest Forms of Autonomous Growth in Different Environments

    IV. The Bottleneck Constraint of Chemical Self-Reproduction

    V. Adequate Design for Autonomous Chemical Growth under Increasing Environmental Restrictivity

    VI. Discussion


    Cooperative Processes in Biological Systems

    I. Introduction

    II. Mathematical Analysis

    III. Conformational Transformations in Biopolymers

    IV. Small Molecule-Large Molecule Reactions

    V. Cooperativity of Biological Membranes

    VI. Self-Sorting of Biological Cells

    VII. Polarization Phenomena in a Society


    Problems of Organization of Motor Systems

    I. Introduction

    II. Uses of Low-Level Combinations

    III. Control of Movement by the Brain

    IV. A Program of Research

    V. Conclusion


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 366
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1972
  • Published: January 1, 1972
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323153959

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Fred Snell

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