Nonlinear Electrodynamics in Biological Systems

  • W. Ross Adey
  • Albert F. Lawrence

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Nonlinear Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Whole Organisms, Living Tissues and Tissue Preparations

  3. Nonlinear Dynamics of Organic Molecules, Including Biomolecules

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Robert R. Birge, Albert F. Lawrence, Thomas M. Cooper, Craig T. Martin, David F. Blair, Sunney I. Chan
      Pages 107-120
    3. Alwyn C. Scott
      Pages 133-142
    4. Peter S. Lomdahl
      Pages 143-154
  4. Prospects for a Bioelectronic Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205

About this book

Introduction

The past half century has seen an extraordinary growth in the fields of cellular and molecular biology. From simple morphologi­ cal concepts of cells as the essential units of living matter there has been an ever-sharper focus on functional organization of living systems, with emphasis on molecular dynamics. Thus, life forms have come to be defined increasingly in terms of metabolism, growth, reproduction and responses to environmental perturbations. Since these properties occur in varying degrees in systems below the level of cellular organization, there has been a blurring of older models that restricted the concepts of life to cellular systems. At the same time, a search has begun for elemental as­ pects of molecular and atomic behavior that might better define properties common to all life forms. This search has led to an examination of nonlinear behavior in biological macromolecules, whether in response to electrical or chemical stimulation, for example, or as a means of signaling along a molecular chain, or as a means of energy transfer. Experimental knowledge in this area has grown rapidly in the past decade, and in some respects has outstripped theoretical models adequate to ex­ plain these new observations. Nevertheless, it can be claimed that there is now an impressive body of experiments implicating non­ linear, nonequilibrium processes as fundamental steps in sequential operations of biological systems.

Keywords

cells electrodynamics living systems metabolism molecular biology molecule

Editors and affiliations

  • W. Ross Adey
    • 1
  • Albert F. Lawrence
    • 2
  1. 1.Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans HospitalLoma LindaUSA
  2. 2.Hughes Aircraft CompanyCarlsbadUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-2789-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9720-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2789-9
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