Nature and Subject of Biophysics

  • Roland Glaser


The subjects of Biophysics are the physical principles underlying all processes of living systems. This also includes environmental biophysics, which represents physical influences on physiological functions.

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science somewhere between biology and physics – as may be concluded from its name – and it is furthermore connected to other disciplines, such as mathematics, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. The term “biophysics” was first used in 1892 by Karl Pearson in his book “The Grammar of Science.”


Living System Interdisciplinary Science Environmental Biophysics Modern Molecular Biology Philosophical Speculation 
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  1. Pearson K (1892) The grammar of science. Walter Scott, LondonzbMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Humboldt-UniversitätBerlinGermany

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