The principal aim of the present book is to show how the interdisciplinary scientific branch of steadily growing importance, which may be called biological membranology, explains phenomena observed on biological membranes in terms of physics, chemistry and biology. This introduction follows a similar purpose, limiting itself, however, to considerations of the most general nature; its second section represents a speculative attempt to evaluate the biological survival value of membrane transport and the third considers the transport as a physical phenomenon taking place in space and time, whereby certain general characteristics of its physical description by mathematical formulae are predetermined. Still, although most diverse developments in the whole realm called by our ancestors natural history and natural philosophy are thus seen to contribute directly or indirectly to membranological theories, some of the scientific exploits of the past are especially closely related to them. The first section of this introduction mentions briefly these milestones in the early history of membranology.
KeywordsMembrane Transport Sodium Pump Autonomous Differential Equation Speculative Attempt Present Book
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