Beginning with a brief introduction to the origins of biophysics, the book takes the reader through successive levels of complexity, from atoms to molecules, structures, systems and ultimately to the behaviour of organisms. The book also includes extensive coverage of biopolymers, biomembranes, biological energy, and nervous systems. The text not only explores basic ideas, but also discusses recent developments, such as protein folding, DNA/RNA conformations, molecular motors, optical tweezers and the biological origins of consciousness and intelligence.Biophysics: An Introduction
∗ Is a carefully structured introduction to biological and medical physics
∗ Provides exercises at the end of each chapter to encourage student understanding
Assuming little biological or medical knowledge, this book is invaluable to undergraduate students in physics, biophysics and medical physics. The book is also useful for graduate students and researchers looking for a broad introduction to the subject.
2. Chemical Binding.
3. Energies, Forces and Bonds.
4. Rates of Reaction.
5. Transport Processes.
6. Some Techniques and Methods.
7. Biological Polymers.
8. Biological Membranes.
9. Biological Energy.
10. Movement of Organisms.
11. Excitable Membranes.
12. Nerve Signals.
14. Control of Movement.
Appendix A: Elements of Quantum Mechanics.
Appendix B: The Hydrogen Atom.
Appendix C: Thermal Motion.
Appendix D: Probability Distributions.
Appendix E: Differential Equations.
"...essential reading for anyone putting a biophysics course together...the book brings together essential material usually omitted from the undergraduate physics curriculum..." (American Journal of Physics, November 2003)