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.

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.

Elements of the Random Walk

  • Filename: elements-of-the-random-walk.
  • ISBN: 0521535832
  • Release Date: 2010-03-25
  • Number of pages: 348
  • Author: Joseph Rudnick
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Random walks have proven to be a useful model in understanding processes across a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines. This book is an introduction to some of the most powerful and general techniques used in the application of these ideas. Its self-contained text will appeal to graduate students across science, engineering and mathematics who need to understand the applications of random walk techniques, as well as to established researchers.

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.

A Random Walk in Science

  • Filename: a-random-walk-in-science.
  • ISBN: 085498027X
  • Release Date: 1973-01-01
  • Number of pages: 206
  • Author: Robert L. Weber
  • Publisher: CRC Press



This anthology provides an insight into the wit and intellect of the scientific mind through a blend of amusing and serious contributions written by and about scientists. The contributions record changing attitudes within science and mirror the interactions of science with society.

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.

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.

Biophysics

  • Filename: biophysics.
  • ISBN: 9781400845576
  • Release Date: 2012-12-17
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Author: William 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)

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.

The Physics of Foraging

  • Filename: the-physics-of-foraging.
  • ISBN: 1107006791
  • Release Date: 2011-06-02
  • Number of pages: 178
  • 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 Random Walks of George Polya

  • Filename: the-random-walks-of-george-polya.
  • ISBN: 0883855283
  • Release Date: 2000-04-27
  • Number of pages: 303
  • Author: Gerald L. Alexanderson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Both a biography of PĆ³lya's life, and a review of his many mathematical achievements by today's experts.

Air and Water

  • Filename: air-and-water.
  • ISBN: 0691025185
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 341
  • Author: Mark W. Denny
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



How do whirligig beetles use ripples as a form of sonar, and why can't mosquitoes detect the electrical activity of their prey as sharks can? Readers of Air and Water will be well rewarded by thinking about these and other questions in the context of physics.

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