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Physical biology of the cell / Rob Phillips, Jane Kondev, Julie Theriot, Hernan G. Garcia ; illustrated by Nigel Orme.


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Phillips, Rob, 1960-
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Second edition.
New York, NY : Garland Science, [2013]
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  • xxx, 1057 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 28 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Ch. 1. Why: biology by the numbers
  • Ch. 2. What and where: construction plans for cells and organisms
  • Ch. 3. When: stopwatches at many scales
  • Ch. 4. Who: "bless the little beasties"
  • Ch. 5. Mechanical and chemical equilibrium in the living cell
  • Ch. 6. Entropy rules!
  • Ch. 7 Two-state systems: from ion channels to cooperative binding
  • Ch. 8. Random walks and the structure of macromolecules
  • Ch. 9. Electrostatics for salty solutions
  • Ch. 10. Beam theory: architecture for cells and skeletons
  • Ch. 11. Biological membranes: life in two dimensions
  • Ch. 12. The mathematics of water
  • Ch. 13. A statistical view of biological dynamics
  • Ch. 14. Life in crowded and disordered environments
  • Ch. 15. Rate equations and dynamics in the cell
  • Ch. 16. Dynamics of molecular motors
  • Ch. 17. Biological electricity and the Hodgkin-Huxley model
  • Ch. 18. Light and life
  • Ch. 19. Organization of biological networks
  • Ch. 20. Biological patterns: order in space and time
  • Ch. 21. Sequences, specificity, and evolution
  • Ch. 22. Whither physical biology?
"Physical Biology of the Cell 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 on the role of light in life and pattern formation, additional explorations of biological problems using computation, and significantly more end-of-chapter problems. This textbook is written for a first course in physical biology or biophysics for undergraduate or graduate students"-- Provided by publisher.
Phillips, Rob.
Kondev, Jane.
Theriot, Julie.
Orme, Nigel.

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