Random Walks in Biology

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Princeton University Press, Sep 27, 1993 - Science - 152 pages

This book is a lucid, straightforward introduction to the concepts and techniques of statistical physics that students of biology, biochemistry, and biophysics must know. It provides a sound basis for understanding random motions of molecules, subcellular particles, or cells, or of processes that depend on such motion or are markedly affected by it. Readers do not need to understand thermodynamics in order to acquire a knowledge of the physics involved in diffusion, sedimentation, electrophoresis, chromatography, and cell motility--subjects that become lively and immediate when the author discusses them in terms of random walks of individual particles.

 

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Page 145 - Brown DA. 1972. Chemotaxis in Escherichia coli analysed by threedimensional tracking.
Page 148 - Segall, JE, Block, SM, and Berg, HC (1986) Temporal comparisons in bacterial chemotaxis, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 83.
Page 148 - Zwanzig, R. (1990) Diffusion-controlled ligand binding to spheres partially covered by receptors: an effective medium treatment, Proc. Natl Acad. Sci USA 87, 5856-5857.
Page 145 - Berg. HC, and Turner, L. (1979). Movement of microorganisms in viscous environments. Nature (London} 278, 349-351.

About the author (1993)

Howard C. Berg is Professor of Biology at Harvard University and a Member of the Rowland Institute for Science.

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