Biology in Physics: Is Life Matter?

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Academic Press, 2000 - Science - 237 pages
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Biology in Physics: Is Life Matter? is a radical new book which bridges the gap between biology and physics. The aim is to promote an interdisciplinary exchange of scientific information and ideas, in order to stimulate cooperation in research. The scope of this volume explores the concepts and techniques of biophysics, and illustrates the latest advances in our understanding of many of the specific mechanisms that are used by living organisms. This volume represents a special effort to bring together the information that would allow a nonbiologically oriented physicist to appreciate the important role that physics plays in life sciences. Key Features:

  • An introduction to biophysics for non-specialist
  • Covers all the important topices in modern biophysics
  • Takes account of the latest information emerging from biophysical projects
  • Reports on novel therapeutic strategies
  • Presents an advanced-level overview of mechanisms that regulate a variety of processes in organisms ranging from bacterial to whales
 

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Contents

Electricity Inside Us
1
Luigi Galvani and Alessandro Volta
2
Lipid Bilayer and Ionic Channels
4
Resting Potential
7
Action Potential
11
Nerve Impulse Propagation
14
Nodes of Ranvier
18
A Menu for a Person Condemned to Death
19
The Middle Ear
126
Cochlear Amplifier
129
Otoacoustic Emissions or Ear Sounds
135
What Is a Cochlear Implant?
137
Sound Localization
139
Echolocation
143
Bone
151
Composite Structure of Bone
154

Living Electricity Around Us
21
Electrical Compass
25
Electricity in Plants
29
Heart Pulse
33
Arteries Blood and Erythrocytes
34
Velocity of Pulse Wave
40
Reflection of Pulse Waves
42
Aneurysm
45
Murrays Law
48
Blood Circulation in Giraffe and Space Medicine
50
How Blood Pressure and Blood Flow are Measured
53
Blood Color and the Law of the Conservation of Energy
61
Crocodile Tears and Other Liquids
63
Water in Us
65
Amazing Filter
68
Cryobiology and Biological Antifreezes
75
Inhale Deeper
81
Breathing and Soap Bubbles
83
Its Not So Simple
85
Exceptions to the Rule
88
Cheap and Effective
90
Diving
91
High Frequency Ventilation and Einsteins Formula
98
The Physics of Cough
104
Hunt for Cells in an Electric Field
109
Principles of Dielectrophoresis
110
Cell ID in an Alternating Electric Field
113
Cell Separation Using TravelingWave Dielectrophoresis
116
Electroporation of Cell Membranes
119
How Nature Listens
121
The Ear in Brief
124
Compact versus Spongy Bone
155
Bone Strength
157
Osteoporosis
160
Wolffs Law and Bone Remodeling
161
Karate Mechanics in Short
163
Leg Tendons Living Springs
165
Optics of the Eye
169
Photoreceptors and Visual Pigments
172
Tapetum Living Mirror
175
Infrared Vision
178
Compound Eyes
181
How Ommatidia Help One Another
185
Microvilli See Polarized Light
191
Animal Maps
195
Magnetic Sense
199
On a Wing and a Vector
200
Magnetites Inside Us
203
Basics of Magnetic Orientation
206
Paleomagnetism and Magnetotactic Bacteria
209
Optima for Animals from Mouse to Elephant
211
Allometry of a Skeleton
212
Stepping Frequency and Gaits
214
Jumping Performance and Body Mass
216
Shark and Mackerel
217
Carrying Loads on the Head
218
BreathingTuned Oscillator
219
Energy and Body Mass
221
Living Wheel?
225
References
227
INDEX
235
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About the author (2000)

Born in 1947 in Moscow, Russia. Graduated from Moscow Physico-Technical University in 1969. Then studied electrical fields emerging in brain and heart. Got first scientific degree -candidate in physics and math - in 1972. Then worked for Cardiology Research Center (Moscow, Russia) studying mechanics of heart muscle, and got doctoral degree in biology in 1988. Now working for Institute of Developmental Biology (Moscow, Russia).

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