© 1986

Bioscience at the Physical Science Frontier

Proceedings of a Foundation Symposium on the 150th Anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s Birth

  • Claudio Nicolini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Oncogenes and Cancer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Howard M. Temin
      Pages 9-16
    3. David Baltimore
      Pages 17-31
  4. Lower-to Higher Order DNA Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. C. Nicolini
      Pages 67-87
  5. Brain and Vision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 82-82
    2. David H. Hubel
      Pages 91-102
    3. Leon N Cooper
      Pages 103-144
    4. Donald Glaser
      Pages 145-148
  6. Technological Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. A. M. Cormack
      Pages 151-169
    3. Harlyn O. Halvorson
      Pages 171-187
    4. Melvin Calvin
      Pages 189-210
    5. Paul C. Lauterbur
      Pages 211-214
  7. Methodological Developments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Ilya Prigogine
      Pages 217-224

About this book


Since early Greek and Roman times, atoms were assumed-after un­ dergoing their various interactions-to take on the stable configurations of either the living or the inanimate world. This simple and unitary theory has evolved markedly, even while maintaining its validity over several centuries of vicissitudes, and in essence constitutes the first ex­ ample of a synthesis between the physical and the life sciences. In modern times, a similar relationship between the structure of various macromolecules and the function of living cells has also emerged as one of the most striking findings of those scientists active at the con­ vergence of the physical and life sciences. This fundamental result is re­ ported in the first two sections of the present work, namely those on "Oncogenes and Cancer" and "Lower-to-Higher-Order DNA Struc­ ture," in many cases by those recent Nobelists who themselves have been major contributors to work at the intersection of these fields. Many other significant areas of forefront scientific inquiry today (for example, research on the brain and vision), as well as some of the most exciting technological developments (e.g., work on renewable fuels and materials, biotechnology, and NMR and X-ray tomography) and method­ ological advances (e.g., studies in the fields of statistical mechanics and cancer chemotherapy) depend on the complex but harmonious collabora­ tions of physicists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, biologists, and physicians.


DNA biology biotechnology cancer cell genes life sciences oncogene synthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudio Nicolini
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of GenovaGenovaItalia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bioscience at the Physical Science Frontier
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of a Foundation Symposium on the 150th Anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s Birth
  • Authors Claudio Nicolini
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 1986
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89603-131-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-9182-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-4834-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 270
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biochemistry, general
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