The Physics of Living Processes

The Physics of Living Processes

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This full-colour undergraduate textbook, based on a two semester course, presents the fundamentals of biological physics, introducing essential modern topics that include cells, polymers, polyelectrolytes, membranes, liquid crystals, phase transitions, self-assembly, photonics, fluid mechanics, motility, chemical kinetics, enzyme kinetics, systems biology, nerves, physiology, the senses, and the brain. The comprehensive coverage, featuring in-depth explanations of recent rapid developments, demonstrates this to be one of the most diverse of modern scientific disciplines. The Physics of Living Processes: A Mesoscopic Approach is comprised of five principal sections: a€c Building Blocks a€c Soft Condensed Matter Techniques in Biology a€c Experimental Techniques a€c Systems Biology a€c Spikes, Brains and the Senses The unique focus is predominantly on the mesoscale a€” structures on length scales between those of atoms and the macroscopic behaviour of whole organisms. The connections between molecules and their emergent biological phenomena provide a novel integrated perspective on biological physics, making this an important text across a variety of scientific disciplines including biophysics, physics, physical chemistry, chemical engineering and bioengineering. An extensive set of worked tutorial questions are included, which will equip the reader with a range of new physical tools to approach problems in the life sciences from medicine, pharmaceutical science and agriculture.A schematic diagram of the mean square displacement as a function of lag time for the driven motion of a cargo (say a vesicle propelled by kinesin ... The mean first-passage time (MFPT) is a useful unbiased measure of velocity (Figure 7.19a) .

Title:The Physics of Living Processes
Author: Thomas Andrew Waigh
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2014-08-08

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