The Physics of Living Systems

  • Fabrizio Cleri

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

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About this book


In this book, physics in its many aspects (thermodynamics, mechanics, electricity, fluid dynamics) is the guiding light on a fascinating journey through biological systems, providing ideas, examples and stimulating reflections for undergraduate physics, chemistry and life-science students, as well as for anyone interested in the frontiers between physics and biology.

Rather than introducing a lot of new information, it encourages young students to use their recently acquired knowledge to start seeing the physics behind the biology. As an undergraduate textbook in introductory biophysics, it includes the necessary background and tools, including exercises and appendices, to form a progressive course. In this case, the chapters can be used in the order proposed, possibly split between two semesters.

The book is also an absorbing read for researchers in the life sciences who wish to refresh or go deeper into the physics concepts gleaned in their early years of scientific training. Less physics-oriented readers might want to skip the first chapter, as well as all the "gray boxes" containing the more formal developments, and create their own á-la-carte menu of chapters.


Biological Molecular Motors Entropic Forces in Cells Fundamentals of Biomechanics Mathematical Models of Life Science Mathematical Models of Populations Mechanics of Cells and Tissues Molecular Motors in the Cell Physical Biology Textbook Physics Foundations of Biophysics Thermodynamics in Biology

Authors and affiliations

  • Fabrizio Cleri
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  1. 1.IEMN, CNRS UMR8520Université de Lille I Sciences et TechnoVilleneuve d'AscqFrance

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