Biophysics: Searching for Principles by William Bialek PDF

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 major subfield of this self-discipline. the following, William Bialek presents the 1st graduate-level advent to biophysics aimed toward physics students.

Bialek starts via exploring how photon counting in imaginative and prescient bargains vital classes concerning the possibilities for quantitative, physics-style experiments on diversified organic phenomena. He attracts from those classes 3 common actual principles--the significance of noise, the necessity to comprehend the extreme functionality of dwelling structures with out attractive to finely tuned parameters, and the severe position of the illustration and stream of data within the enterprise of existence. Bialek then applies those ideas to a wide diversity of phenomena, together with the keep an eye on of gene expression, conception and reminiscence, protein folding, the mechanics of the internal ear, the dynamics of biochemical reactions, and development formation in constructing embryos.

Featuring a variety of difficulties and workouts all through, Biophysics emphasizes the unifying energy of summary actual ideas to inspire 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 recommendations
  • Includes an annotated bibliography and distinct appendixes
  • Instructor's handbook (available simply to academics)

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