Biological Physics

Author: Philip Nelson
Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education
ISBN: 9781319038946
Release Date: 2015-03-24
Genre: Science

Biological Physics focuses on new results in molecular motors, self-assembly, and single-molecule manipulation that have revolutionized the field in recent years, and integrates these topics with classical results. The text also provides foundational material for the emerging field of nanotechnology.

Biophysics

Author: William Bialek
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400845576
Release Date: 2012-12-17
Genre: Science

Interactions between the fields of physics and biology reach back over a century, and some of the most significant developments in biology--from the discovery of DNA's structure to imaging of the human brain--have involved collaboration across this disciplinary boundary. For a new generation of physicists, the phenomena of life pose exciting challenges to physics itself, and biophysics has emerged as an important subfield of this discipline. Here, William Bialek provides the first graduate-level introduction to biophysics aimed at physics students. Bialek begins by exploring how photon counting in vision offers important lessons about the opportunities for quantitative, physics-style experiments on diverse biological phenomena. He draws from these lessons three general physical principles--the importance of noise, the need to understand the extraordinary performance of living systems without appealing to finely tuned parameters, and the critical role of the representation and flow of information in the business of life. Bialek then applies these principles to a broad range of phenomena, including the control of gene expression, perception and memory, protein folding, the mechanics of the inner ear, the dynamics of biochemical reactions, and pattern formation in developing embryos. Featuring numerous problems and exercises throughout, Biophysics emphasizes the unifying power of abstract physical principles to motivate new and novel experiments on biological systems. Covers a range of biological phenomena from the physicist's perspective Features 200 problems Draws on statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and related mathematical concepts Includes an annotated bibliography and detailed appendixes Instructor's manual (available only to teachers)

Physical Biology of the Cell

Author: Rob Phillips
Publisher: Garland Science
ISBN: 9781134111589
Release Date: 2012-11-02
Genre: Science

Physical Biology of the Cell is a textbook for a first course in physical biology or biophysics for undergraduate or graduate students. It maps the huge and complex landscape of cell and molecular biology from the distinct perspective of physical biology. As a key organizing principle, the proximity of topics is based on the physical concepts that unite a given set of biological phenomena. Herein lies the central premise: that the appropriate application of a few fundamental physical models can serve as the foundation of whole bodies of quantitative biological intuition, useful across a wide range of biological problems. The Second Edition features full-color illustrations throughout, two new chapters, a significantly expanded set of end-of-chapter problems, and is available in a variety of e-book formats.

Biophysics

Author: Patrick F. Dillon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107001442
Release Date: 2012-01-19
Genre: Science

Explains the quantitative basis of human life to life science students, with examples drawn from contemporary physiology, genetics and nanobiology.

Physics in Molecular Biology

Author: Kim Sneppen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521844193
Release Date: 2005-08-25
Genre: Science

This book, first published in 2005, is a discussion for advanced physics students of how to use physics to model biological systems.

Physical Models of Living Systems

Author: Philip Nelson
Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education
ISBN: 9781319036904
Release Date: 2015-03-06
Genre: Science

Written for intermediate-level undergraduates pursuing any science or engineering major, Physical Models of Living Systems helps students develop many of the competencies that form the basis of the new MCAT2015. The only prerequisite is first-year physics. With the more advanced "Track-2" sections at the end of each chapter, the book can be used in graduate-level courses as well.

Random Walks in Biology

Author: Howard C. Berg
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691000646
Release Date: 1993-09-27
Genre: Science

This book is a lucid, straightforward introduction to the concepts and techniques of statistical physics that students of biology, biochemistry, and biophysics must know. It provides a sound basis for understanding random motions of molecules, subcellular particles, or cells, or of processes that depend on such motion or are markedly affected by it. Readers do not need to understand thermodynamics in order to acquire a knowledge of the physics involved in diffusion, sedimentation, electrophoresis, chromatography, and cell motility--subjects that become lively and immediate when the author discusses them in terms of random walks of individual particles.

Biophysics

Author: Roland Glaser
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783662044940
Release Date: 2013-12-20
Genre: Science

Biophysics is the science of physical principles underlying the "phenomenon of life" on all levels of organization. This book begins by explaining molecular and ionic interactions, movements, excitation and energy transfer, and the self-organization of supramolecular structures. Then the biological organism is introduced as a non-equilibrium system. Finally, system analyses are discussed as well as environmental biophysics, ecological interactions, growth, differentiation, and evolution. A growing number of applications in biotechnology are based on these biophysical concepts.

Bionanotechnology

Author: David S. Goodsell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471469582
Release Date: 2004-04-16
Genre: Science

Discussions of the basic structural, nanotechnology, and system engineering principles, as well as an introductory overview of essential concepts and methods in biotechnology, will be included. Text is presented side-by-side with extensive use of high-quality illustrations prepared using cutting edge computer graphics techniques. Includes numerous examples, such applications in genetic engineering. Represents the only available introduction and overview of this interdisciplinary field, merging the physical and biological sciences. Concludes with the authors' expert assessment of the future promise of nanotechnology, from molecular "tinkertoys" to nanomedicine. David Goodsell is author of two trade books, Machinery of Life and Our Molecular Nature, and Arthur Olson is the world's leader in molecular graphics and nano-scale representation.

Biomechanics of the Human Body

Author: Emico Okuno
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781461485766
Release Date: 2013-09-28
Genre: Science

Biomechanics of the Human Body teaches basic physics concepts using examples and problems based on the human body. The reader will also learn how the laws of mechanics may help to understand the conditions of the static and dynamic equilibrium of one of the marvels of nature: the human body. The mathematical language used in physics has always been pointed out as responsible for students’ difficulties. So, each concept given is followed by explanatory examples, with subsequent application and fixation exercises. It is a richly illustrated book that facilitates the comprehension of presented concepts. Biomechanics of the Human Body can be useful to students of physical and occupational therapy, physical education, the life sciences, and health care professionals who deal with biomechanics. This book is also recommended for sport practitioners as well as the general reader interested in the mechanics of the human body.

Life s Ratchet

Author: Peter M. Hoffmann
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465022533
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Science

A physicist describes how life emerges from the random motion of atoms through sophisticated cellular machinery and describes the long quest to determine the true nature of life from ancient Greece to the study of modern nanotechnology. 20,000 first printing.

The Machinery of Life

Author: David S. Goodsell
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387849254
Release Date: 2009-04-10
Genre: Science

Imagine that we had some way to look directly at the molecules in a living organism. An x-ray microscope would do the trick, or since we’re dreaming, perhaps an Asimov-style nanosubmarine (unfortunately, neither is currently feasible). Think of the wonders we could witness firsthand: antibodies atta- ing a virus, electrical signals racing down nerve fibers, proteins building new strands of DNA. Many of the questions puzzling the current cadre of sci- tists would be answered at a glance. But the nanoscale world of molecules is separated from our everyday world of experience by a daunting million-fold difference in size, so the world of molecules is completely invisible. I created the illustrations in this book to help bridge this gulf and allow us to see the molecular structure of cells, if not directly, then in an artistic rendition. I have included two types of illustrations with this goal in mind: watercolor paintings which magnify a small portion of a living cell by one million times, showing the arrangement of molecules inside, and comput- generated pictures, which show the atomic details of individual molecules. In this second edition of The Machinery of Life, these illustrations are presented in full color, and they incorporate many of the exciting scientific advances of the 15 years since the first edition.

Free Energy Transduction and Biochemical Cycle Kinetics

Author: Terrell L. Hill
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486150659
Release Date: 2013-01-09
Genre: Science

This three-part treatment translates the technical language of research monographs on the theory of free energy transfer in biology, making the subject more accessible to novices. 1989 edition.

The Physics of Living Systems

Author: Fabrizio Cleri
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319306476
Release Date: 2016-10-08
Genre: Science

In this book, physics in its many aspects (thermodynamics, mechanics, electricity, fluid dynamics) is the guiding light on a fascinating journey through biological systems, providing ideas, examples and stimulating reflections for undergraduate physics, chemistry and life-science students, as well as for anyone interested in the frontiers between physics and biology. Rather than introducing a lot of new information, it encourages young students to use their recently acquired knowledge to start seeing the physics behind the biology. As an undergraduate textbook in introductory biophysics, it includes the necessary background and tools, including exercises and appendices, to form a progressive course. In this case, the chapters can be used in the order proposed, possibly split between two semesters. The book is also an absorbing read for researchers in the life sciences who wish to refresh or go deeper into the physics concepts gleaned in their early years of scientific training. Less physics-oriented readers might want to skip the first chapter, as well as all the "gray boxes" containing the more formal developments, and create their own á-la-carte menu of chapters.

Biomedical Applications for Introductory Physics

Author: J. A. Tuszynski
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
ISBN: UOM:39015054270742
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Medical

Designed as a supplement for either Algebra or Calculus-Based Introductory Physics, Tuszinski offers a wide breadth of biomedical applications plus an emphasis upon quantitative problem-solving. The hundreds of applications in the book are organized according to the standard introductory course syllabus; their variety is intended to show life science and allied health students the relevance of Physics to their future academic and professional careers.