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Physics in Molecular Biology

Physics in Molecular Biology

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  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521844192

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  • Tools developed by statistical physicists are of increasing importance in the analysis of complex biological systems. Physics in Molecular Biology, first published in 2005, discusses how physics can be used in modeling life. It begins by summarizing important biological concepts, emphasizing how they differ from the systems normally studied in physics. A variety of topics, ranging from the properties of single molecules to the dynamics of macro-evolution, are studied in terms of simple mathematical models. The main focus of the book is on genes and proteins and how they build systems that compute and respond. The discussion develops from simple to complex systems, and from small-scale to large-scale phenomena. This book will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in physics to approach biological subjects from a physicist's point of view. It is self-contained, requiring no background knowledge of biology, and only familiarity with basic concepts from physics, such as forces, energy, and entropy.

    • Introduces important biological concepts from a physicist's point of view - no background knowledge of biology is required
    • A wide range of subjects are studied using simple mathematical models; exercises are included
    • Discussion develops from simple to complex phenomena and from small scale to large scale interactions
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    “Because physics is the fundamental science involved with all forms of matter, science students and academics should welcome this book by two researchers familiar with both physics and biology. Each chapter comes with references and suggestions for further reading. There is a very useful appendix on statistical physics. A glossary of biological terms and an index also come in handy. Excellent diagrams elucidate the analysis.”

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521844192
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 173 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 180 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is special about living matter
    2. Polymer physics
    3. DNA and RNA
    4. Protein structure
    5. Protein folding
    6. Proteins in action: molecular motors
    7. Physics of genetic regulation: the l-phage
    8. Molecular networks
    9. Evolution.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Cellular Dynamics
    • Molecular Biophysics
  • Authors

    Kim Sneppen, Niels Bohr Institutet, Copenhagen
    Kim Sneppen is Professor of Biophysics at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA) and Associate Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen.

    Giovanni Zocchi, University of California, Los Angeles
    Giovanni Zocchi is Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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