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


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


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


Quantitative Aspects of Goal-Seeking Self-Organizing Systems

I. Constraints versus Requirements

II. Quantitative Aspects of the Genetic System


Statistical Thermodynamics of Polymerization and Polymorphism of Protein


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


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 Role of Biological Modeling


Author Index

Subject Index


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