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From Theoretical Physics to Biology: The Forward Path of Theory with Herbert Fröhlich

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Fröhlich’s forward path from theoretical physics to biology is a fascinating story of cross-fertilization initiated and sustained by his constant, characteristic awareness of the possible relevance of concepts to areas in which they did not at first arise. In retracing this forward path, we shall encounter not only those areas with which Fröhlich’s name is now inseparably associated—notably, dielectric theory and superconductivity—but also an adventurous one of more recent origin, namely that of nonlocal field theory, in the context of which the crucial, unifying concept of coherence finds natural expression, and via which Fröhlich has, during the past few years, been led back (Fröhlich, 1986) to relativistic particle physics.

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  • Theoretical Physic
  • Polarization Field
  • Macroscopic Property
  • Forward Path
  • Superfluid Helium

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“The visible world is neither matter nor spirit, but the invisible organization of energy” (Pagels, 1982).

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Hyland, G.J. (1987). From Theoretical Physics to Biology: The Forward Path of Theory with Herbert Fröhlich. In: Barrett, T.W., Pohl, H.A. (eds) Energy Transfer Dynamics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-71867-0_14

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