Biologically Inspired Physics

  • L. Peliti

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 263)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Macromolecules

    1. Hans Frauenfelder, Kelvin Chu, Robert Philipp
      Pages 1-14
    2. Giorgio Parisi
      Pages 39-43
    3. Maxim Frank-Kamenetskii
      Pages 45-54
    4. G. Cocho, L. Medrano, P. Miramontes, J. L. Rius
      Pages 63-69
    5. Tom Duke
      Pages 71-80
  3. Membranes

    1. Karin Berndl, Josef Käs, Reinhard Lipowsky, Erich Sackmann, Udo Seifert
      Pages 95-110
    2. Kell Mortensen
      Pages 157-163
    3. M. Mutz, D. Bensimon
      Pages 165-173
    4. F. S. Gaeta, D. G. Mita, E. Ascolese, M. A. Pecorella, P. Russo
      Pages 189-200
  4. Cellular Structures

    1. Nicolas J. Cordova, Ronald D. Vale, George F. Oster
      Pages 207-215
    2. Hans Gruler
      Pages 217-227
    3. A. Anagnostopoulou-Konsta, L. Apekis, C. Christodoulides, D. Daoukaki, P. Pissis
      Pages 229-240
    4. Giorgio Careri, Andrea Giansanti
      Pages 241-247
  5. Networks

    1. Gérard Weisbuch
      Pages 249-262
    2. Paolo Del Giudice, Emilio Merlo Pich, Giacomo Rizzolatti
      Pages 269-278
  6. Morphogenesis

    1. Hans Meinhardt
      Pages 279-293
    2. Françoise Gaill
      Pages 295-299
  7. Dynamical Systems

    1. M. V. Volkenstein
      Pages 301-315
    2. Christof K. Biebricher, M. Eigen, William C. Gardiner Jr.
      Pages 317-337
    3. Lee A. Segel, Hanna Parnas
      Pages 347-362
    4. N. Rivier, A. J. Koch, F. Rothen
      Pages 371-380
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 381-394

About this book


The workshop "Biologically Inspired Physics" was organized, with the support of the NATO Scientific Affairs Division and the Directorate-General for Science, Research and Development of the Commission of the European Communities, in order to review some subjects of physics of condensed matter which are inspired by biological problems or deal with biological systems, but which address physical questions. The main topics discussed in the meeting were: 1. Macromolecules: In particular, proteins and nucleic acids. Special emphasis was placed on modelling protein folding, where analogies with disordered systems in con­ densed matter (glasses, spin glasses) were suggested. It is not clear at this point whether such analogies will help in solving the folding problem. Interesting problems in nucleic acids (in particular DNA) deal with the dynamics of semiflexible chains with torsion and the relationship between topology and local structure. They arise from such biological problems as DNA packing or supercoiling. 2. Membranes: This field has witnessed recent progress in the understanding of the statistical mechanics of fluctuating flexible sheets, such as lipid bilayers. It appears that one is close to understanding shape fluctuations in red blood cells on a molec­ ular basis. Open problems arise from phenomena such as budding or membrane fusion. Experiments on model systems, such as vesicle systems or artificial lipids, have great potential. Phenomena occurring inside the membrane (protein diffusion, ionic pumps) were only discussed briefly.


Biomembran Potential blood cell cells mechanics proteins

Editors and affiliations

  • L. Peliti
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NaplesNaplesItaly

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-9485-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-9483-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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