Random Walks in Biology

  • Filename: random-walks-in-biology.
  • ISBN: 0691000646
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 152
  • Author: Howard C. Berg
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



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.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.

Random Walks in Biology

  • Filename: random-walks-in-biology.
  • ISBN: 0691082456
  • Release Date: 1983
  • Number of pages: 142
  • Author: Howard C. Berg
  • Publisher:



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.

First Steps in Random Walks

  • Filename: first-steps-in-random-walks.
  • ISBN: 9780199234868
  • Release Date: 2011-08-18
  • Number of pages: 152
  • Author: J. Klafter
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Random walks proved to be a useful model of many complex transport processes at the micro and macroscopical level in physics and chemistry, economics, biology and other disciplines. The book discusses the main variants of random walks and gives the most important mathematical tools for their theoretical description.

Chance in Biology

  • Filename: chance-in-biology.
  • ISBN: 9781400841400
  • Release Date: 2011-10-23
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Mark Denny
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



Life is a chancy proposition: from the movement of molecules to the age at which we die, chance plays a key role in the natural world. Traditionally, biologists have viewed the inevitable "noise" of life as an unfortunate complication. The authors of this book, however, treat random processes as a benefit. In this introduction to chance in biology, Mark Denny and Steven Gaines help readers to apply the probability theory needed to make sense of chance events--using examples from ocean waves to spiderwebs, in fields ranging from molecular mechanics to evolution. Through the application of probability theory, Denny and Gaines make predictions about how plants and animals work in a stochastic universe. Is it possible to pack a variety of ion channels into a cell membrane and have each operate at near-peak flow? Why are our arteries rubbery? The concept of a random walk provides the necessary insight. Is there an absolute upper limit to human life span? Could the sound of a cocktail party burst your eardrums? The statistics of extremes allows us to make the appropriate calculations. How long must you wait to see the detail in a moonlit landscape? Can you hear the noise of individual molecules? The authors provide answers to these and many other questions. After an introduction to the basic statistical methods to be used in this book, the authors emphasize the application of probability theory to biology rather than the details of the theory itself. Readers with an introductory background in calculus will be able to follow the reasoning, and sets of problems, together with their solutions, are offered to reinforce concepts. The use of real-world examples, numerous illustrations, and chapter summaries--all presented with clarity and wit--make for a highly accessible text. By relating the theory of probability to the understanding of form and function in living things, the authors seek to pique the reader's curiosity about statistics and provide a new perspective on the role of chance in biology.

Physical Biology of the Cell Second Edition

  • Filename: physical-biology-of-the-cell-second-edition.
  • ISBN: 9781134111589
  • Release Date: 2012-10-29
  • Number of pages: 1088
  • Author: Rob Phillips
  • Publisher: Garland 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.

A Guide to First Passage Processes

  • Filename: a-guide-to-first-passage-processes.
  • ISBN: 9780521652483
  • Release Date: 2001-08-06
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Sidney Redner
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



The basic theory presented in a way which emphasizes intuition, problem-solving and the connections with other fields.

E coli in Motion

  • Filename: e-coli-in-motion.
  • ISBN: 0387008888
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 133
  • Author: Howard C. Berg
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



E. coli has been the organism of choice for molecular genetics for decades. Its machinery and mobile behaviour is one of the most fascinating topics for cell scientists. This accessible cross-disciplinary monograph covers more than thirty years of research.

The Physics of Foraging

  • Filename: the-physics-of-foraging.
  • ISBN: 9781139497558
  • Release Date: 2011-06-02
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Gandhimohan. M. Viswanathan
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Do the movements of animals, including humans, follow patterns that can be described quantitatively by simple laws of motion? If so, then why? These questions have attracted the attention of scientists in many disciplines, and stimulated debates ranging from ecological matters to queries such as 'how can there be free will if one follows a law of motion?' This is the first book on this rapidly evolving subject, introducing random searches and foraging in a way that can be understood by readers without a previous background on the subject. It reviews theory as well as experiment, addresses open problems and perspectives, and discusses applications ranging from the colonization of Madagascar by Austronesians to the diffusion of genetically modified crops. The book will interest physicists working in the field of anomalous diffusion and movement ecology as well as ecologists already familiar with the concepts and methods of statistical physics.

The Drunkard s Walk

  • Filename: the-drunkard-s-walk.
  • ISBN: 9780141920696
  • Release Date: 2009-04-02
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Leonard Mlodinow
  • Publisher: Penguin UK



An exhilarating, eye-opening guide to understanding our random world Leonard Mlodinow reveals the psychological illusions that prevent us understanding everything from stock-picking to wine-tasting, winning the lottery to road safety, and reveals the truth about the success of sporting heroes and film stars, and even how to make sense of a blood test. The Drunkard's Walk is an exhilarating, eye-opening guide to understanding our random world - read it, so you won't be left a victim of chance. Leonard Mlodinow has a Ph.D., has been a member of the faculty of the California Institute of Technology and a television writer in Hollywood, as well as developing many award winning CD-Roms. He is currently Vice President of Emerging Technologies and R&D at Scholastic Inc. and lives in New York City. His previous books include A Brief History of Time, which he co-authored, and Euclid's Window and Some Time with Feynman both published by Penguin.

Biophysics

  • Filename: biophysics.
  • ISBN: 9780691138916
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Author: William S. Bialek
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



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 Models of Living Systems

  • Filename: physical-models-of-living-systems.
  • ISBN: 1464140294
  • Release Date: 2014-12-20
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Philip Nelson
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman



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.

An Introduction to Systems Biology

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-systems-biology.
  • ISBN: 9781584886426
  • Release Date: 2006-07-07
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Uri Alon
  • Publisher: CRC Press



Thorough and accessible, this book presents the design principles of biological systems, and highlights the recurring circuit elements that make up biological networks. It provides a simple mathematical framework which can be used to understand and even design biological circuits. The textavoids specialist terms, focusing instead on several well-studied biological systems that concisely demonstrate key principles. An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits builds a solid foundation for the intuitive understanding of general principles. It encourages the reader to ask why a system is designed in a particular way and then proceeds to answer with simplified models.

Mechanics of Motor Proteins and the Cytoskeleton

  • Filename: mechanics-of-motor-proteins-and-the-cytoskeleton.
  • ISBN: 0878933344
  • Release Date: 2001-01-01
  • Number of pages: 367
  • Author: Jonathon Howard
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Incorporated



This book is for biology, physics, and engineering students who want to learn about the principles of protein mechanics and how it applies to the morphology and motility of cells. Part I explains how small particles like proteins respond to mechanical, thermal, and chemical forces, Part II focuses on cytoskeletal filaments, and Part III focuses on motor proteins. Chapters are centered on topics such as structure, chemistry, and mechanics, and different filaments or motors are discussed together. All concepts are introduced from first principles, and numerous boxed examples and figures aid the nonmathematical reader. For the mathematically inclined, detailed proofs of important results are included in the Appendix.

Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology

  • Filename: intermediate-physics-for-medicine-and-biology.
  • ISBN: 9780387498850
  • Release Date: 2007-09-09
  • Number of pages: 616
  • Author: Russell K. Hobbie
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



This text bridges the gap between introductory physics and its application to the life sciences. It is intended for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. The Fourth Edition is updated to include new findings, discussion of stochastic processes and expanded coverage of anatomy and biology. The text includes many problems to test the student's understanding, and chapters include useful bibliographies for further reading. Its minimal prerequisites and wide coverage make it ideal for self-study. The fourth edition is updated throughout to reflect new developments.

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