Progress in Theoretical Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483199948, 9781483224978

Progress in Theoretical Biology

1st Edition

Volume 1

Editors: Fred M. Snell
eBook ISBN: 9781483224978
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1967
Page Count: 244
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Progress in Theoretical Biology, Volume 1 brings together the significant and timely theoretical developments in particular areas of biology. Topics range from chemical evolution and biological self-replicating systems to quantitative aspects of goal-seeking self-organizing systems. An essay on Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) and his work on genetics and quantum mechanics, as well as its influence on molecular biology, is also included.

Comprised of five chapters, this volume first discusses chemical evolution in terms of organic geochemistry and prebiotic chemistry. Dehydration condensation reactions as well as the generation of order and new information are also considered. The next chapter deals with biological self-replicating systems and focuses on such topics as the minimum system capable of self-replication; the minimum system capable of self-replication in terms of the generalizations of terrestrial biology; and which biological systems most nearly approach this limiting behavior. A series of definitions that provide a framework for examining minimal reproducing systems are also presented. The final three chapters explore the quantitative aspects of goal-seeking self-organizing systems; statistical thermodynamics of polymerization and polymorphism of proteins; and the importance of models in theoretical biology.

This book is intended for both biological and physical scientists.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Preface


Erwin Schrödinger


Chemical Evolution


I. Introduction


II. Organic Geochemistry


III. Prebiotic Chemistry


IV. Dehydration Condensation Reactions


V. Generation of Order and New Information


VI. Conclusion


References


Biological Self-Replicating Systems


I. Introduction and Definitions


II. Limits and Constraints on Self-Replicating Entities


III. Universal Features Characterizing Living Systems


IV. The Theoretical Minimum Cell


References


Quantitative Aspects of Goal-Seeking Self-Organizing Systems


I. Constraints versus Requirements


II. Quantitative Aspects of the Genetic System


References


Statistical Thermodynamics of Polymerization and Polymorphism of Protein


Introduction


I. Polymerization as Crystallization


II. Two States of Monomers and One Type of Polymer


III. Two Types of Polymers


IV. Polymers Composed of Two Kinds of Monomers


V. Effect of Nucleus


VI. Kinetic Analysis


VII. Comparison with Experiment


VIII. Concluding Remarks


References


The Role of Models in Theoretical Biology


I. Models of Biological Systems


II. Mathematical Modeling Theory


III. Physical Analogs of Organisms


IV. Artificial Organs


V. Numerical and Kinetic Models


VI. Cybernetic Models


VII. Simulation of Physiological Regulation


VIII. Neurophysiological Models


IX. Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Models of Thought


X. Self-Organizing Systems and Bionics


XI. Abstract and Axiomatic Models


XII. The Ro

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No. of pages:
244
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1967
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483224978

About the Editor

Fred M. Snell

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