A Biologist Sums Up

  • Richard P. C. Johnson
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 59)


The aim of this most enjoyable Advanced Study Institute has been to bring biologists, chemists and physicists together to further the application of laser light scattering to the study of biological motion. We owe a very great debt indeed to John Earnshaw, Martin Steer, Ben Chu and their helpers for their outstanding organisation of it. The meeting has been great fun, but what has it achieved scientifically? Has there been any useful communication between us? Has there been any meeting of true minds? Or has physicist merely spoken to brother physicist, biologist to brother biologist and, of course, to sister? Have we done any more than have fun in the, remarkably, hot sun of this hospitable and scenic place? What fertilisation has occurred between disciplines?


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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard P. C. Johnson
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  1. 1.The Botany DepartmentUniversity of AberdeenOld AberdeenScotland

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