By William Bialek
Interactions among the fields of physics and biology achieve again over a century, and a few of the main major advancements in biology--from the invention of DNA's constitution to imaging of the human brain--have concerned collaboration throughout this disciplinary boundary. For a brand new iteration of physicists, the phenomena of lifestyles pose fascinating demanding situations to physics itself, and biophysics has emerged as a massive subfield of this self-discipline. the following, William Bialek presents the 1st graduate-level creation to biophysics aimed toward physics students.
Bialek starts by way of exploring how photon counting in imaginative and prescient bargains very important classes in regards to the possibilities for quantitative, physics-style experiments on varied organic phenomena. He attracts from those classes 3 normal actual principles--the value of noise, the necessity to comprehend the intense functionality of dwelling structures with out attractive to finely tuned parameters, and the serious position of the illustration and movement of knowledge within the company of lifestyles. Bialek then applies those ideas to a huge variety of phenomena, together with the regulate of gene expression, belief and reminiscence, protein folding, the mechanics of the interior ear, the dynamics of biochemical reactions, and development formation in constructing embryos.
Featuring various difficulties and routines all through, Biophysics emphasizes the unifying energy of summary actual rules to encourage new and novel experiments on organic systems.
- Covers various organic phenomena from the physicist's standpoint
- Features 2 hundred difficulties
- Draws on statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and similar mathematical thoughts
- Includes an annotated bibliography and distinct appendixes
- Instructor's handbook (available purely to lecturers)
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