Quantum Boundaries of Life

Quantum Boundaries of Life

1st Edition - November 18, 2020

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  • Editors: Roman Poznanski, Erkki Brandas
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128226162
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128226391

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Quantum Boundaries of Life, Volume 82 in the Advances in Quantum Chemistry series, presents current topics in this rapidly developing field that have emerged at the cross section of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Topics covered include Quantum Considerations of Neural Memory, Functional Neural Electron Transport, Plasmon-polariton mechanism of the saltatory conduction in myelinated axons, Quantum Field Theory Formulation of Brain Dynamics: Nonequilibrium, Multi Field Theory Formulation of Brain Dynamics, Quantum Protein Folding, Classical-Quantum Interplay in Living Neural Tissue Function, Quantum Effects in Life Dynamics, Quantum transport and utilization of free energy in protein α-helices, and much more. The book’s message is simple. Mystics prefer to put consciousness in the cosmos to avoid Darwinism. If the seat of consciousness is found to evolve within all animals, then we have a Darwinian understanding not only of the origin of life and species according to natural selection but also concerning consciousness and, in particular, life being quantum Darwinian.

Key Features

  • Presents surveys of current topics in this rapidly-developing field that has emerged at the cross section of the historically established areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology
  • Features detailed reviews written by leading international researchers


Research students, young professional scientists and established theoretical chemists and physicists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Is life quantum Darwinian?

    Erkki J. Brändas and Roman R. Poznanski

    2. Quantum considerations of neural memory

    Gerard Marx and Chaim Gilon

    3. Functional neural electron transport

    Christopher John Rourk

    4. Ion plasmon collective oscillations underlying saltatory conduction in myelinated axons and topological-homotopy concept of memory

    Witold A. Jacak and Janusz E. Jacak

    5. Non-equilibrium quantum brain dynamics

    Akihiro Nishiyama, Shigenori Tanaka and Jack A. Tuszynski

    6. Quantum protein folding

    Liaofu Luo and Jun Lv

    7. Classical-quantum interfaces in living neural tissue supporting conscious functions

    Alfredo Pereira Jr.

    8. Quantum transport and utilization of free energy in protein α-helices

    Danko D. Georgiev and James F. Glazebrook 

    9. Panexperiential materialism: A physical exploration of qualitativeness in the brain

    Roman R. Poznanski and Erkki J. Brändas

Product details

  • No. of pages: 396
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: November 18, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128226162
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128226391

About the Serial Volume Editors

Roman Poznanski

Roman Poznanski
Roman R. Poznański is a distinguished mathematical neuroscientist and research professor in theoretical studies on the brain. As a prolific writer, he has edited several contemporary books: Biophysical Neural Networks (2001), Modeling in the Neurosciences (1999, 2005), Biophysics of Consciousness (2017), and co-authored Mathematical Neuroscience (2014).

Affiliations and Expertise

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Erkki Brandas

Erkki Brandas
Erkki Brändas was born in Tampere, Finland in July1940 and was, as a Finnish war child, transported to Sweden in February 1942, finally adopted by his Swedish parents and given Swedish citizenship in 1947. He received his FL (PhD) in 1969 and Doctor of Philosophy (habilitation) in 1972, both at Uppsala University. Except for guest professorships in USA, Germany, Israel, he spent his professional career in Uppsala employed as Assistant- Associate- and Full Professor from 1975 until retirement in 2007. In addition to serving as chairman of the department of Quantum Chemistry, he was appointed Executive Director of the Uppsala Graduate School Advanced Instrumentation and Measurement supervising the doctoral education of 35 PhD’s from 1997-2007. He has served on various international scientific and editorial boards, e.g. Wiley, Elsevier and Springer including the service as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, Series Editor of the Advances in Quantum Chemistry. He is the current President of the International Society for Theoretical Chemical Physics, since 15 years, chairing a variety of international congresses and other numerous meetings, schools and workshops. He has published over 260 articles and edited more than 50 books on fundamental theoretical chemical physics from research on atoms, molecules and solid-state physics to complex enough systems in biology – from the microscopic realm to the cosmological rank.

Affiliations and Expertise

Uppsala University, Sweden

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