Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Roland Glaser
    Pages 1-3
  3. Roland Glaser
    Pages 5-103
  4. Roland Glaser
    Pages 105-233
  5. Roland Glaser
    Pages 235-289
  6. Roland Glaser
    Pages 291-333
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-361

About this book


The message of this book is that biophysics is the science of physical principles underlying the "phenomenon life" on all levels of organization. Rather than teaching "physics for biologists" or "physical methods applied to biology", it regards its subject as a defined discipline with its own network of ideas and approaches. The book starts by explaining molecular structures of biological systems, various kinds of atomic, molecular and ionic interactions, movements, energy transfer, self organization of supramolecular structures and dynamic properties of biological membranes. It then goes on to introduce the biological organism as a non-equilibrium system, before treating thermodynamic concepts of osmotic and electrolyte equilibria as well as currents and potential profiles. It continues with topics of environmental biophysics and such medical aspects as the influence of electromagnetic fields or radiation on living systems and the biophysics of hearing and noice protection. The book concludes with a discussion of system analyses, including models of neural processes as well as of ecological interactions, growth, differentiation and evolution.


Biological membranes Energy transfer Kinetics Radiation Thermodynamics biophysics physical concepts temperature

Authors and affiliations

  • Roland Glaser
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Biologie, Experimentelle BiophysikHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08639-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04494-0
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