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The advances in both molecular biology and the physics of irreversible processes have offered hope for understanding living systems in terms of the known physical laws, and thus we shall be able to see life as one of the many phenomena displayed by the universe in its evolution. This book is an attempt to introduce physicists and physically-oriented students of the biological sciences to this view. An introductory discussion of the definition of “living” is followed by an overview of the properties of living systems as we know them. Then selected topics, chosen because of their fundamental importance to our understanding of living systems, are presented in greater detail. This book is therefore not a complete text of biophysical or biochemical topics. The subjects chosen for discussion are related to the origin of life, the physical requirements for ordered living systems, and the physical and chemical bases for the most fundamental phenomena displayed by living systems such as photosynthesis, energy transfer and storage, and reproduction. It is hoped that this will stimulate the interest and furnish the knowledge necessary to further explore these topics in the current literature.
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"There is much importance and value in this book ... It is convenient to have as it collects together in a single volume, accounts of the essentials of various physico-chemical processes and techniques relevant to a comprehensive examination of the nature and development of living systems." Nature, 1986
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Book Description World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G9971966336I5N10
Book Description World Scientific Pub Co Inc, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG9971966336
Book Description World Scientific Pub Co Inc, Hackensack, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Some staining on the first few pages. Looks to be from the book glue. Otherwise VG. Seller Inventory # 1060796