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Quantum Statistical Mechanics in the Natural Sciences

A Volume Dedicated to Lars Onsager on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday

  • Editors
  • Stephan L. Mintz
  • Susan M. Widmayer

Part of the Studies in the Natural Sciences book series (SNS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Biology

    1. Lars Onsager
      Pages 1-14
    2. Giorgio Careri
      Pages 15-35
    3. Manfred Eigen
      Pages 37-61
    4. Julian M. Sturtevant
      Pages 63-84
    5. N. R. Kallenbach
      Pages 95-118
  3. Statistical Mechanics

    1. Roberto Lobo, John E. Robinson, Sergio Rodriguez
      Pages 143-156
    2. Thomas J. Murphy
      Pages 157-166
    3. Lars Onsager, Edmund Drauglis
      Pages 167-200
    4. Willis E. Lamb Jr.
      Pages 213-226
    5. Lars Onsager, Tag Young Moon
      Pages 227-280
    6. L. K. Runnels
      Pages 281-297
    7. Ryogo Kubo
      Pages 299-326
    8. Joel L. Lebowitz
      Pages 327-335
    9. Joseph L. McCauley Jr., Elihu Abrahams
      Pages 337-358
  4. Quantum Mechanics and Low Temperature Physics

    1. Russell J. Donnelly
      Pages 359-402
    2. Henry A. Fairbank, Karl H. Mueller
      Pages 403-411
    3. Henry C. Thacher Jr.
      Pages 435-464
    4. O. Penrose
      Pages 471-479
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 481-492

About this book

Introduction

leagues and, in many cases, students, of Professor Onsager. Professor Onsager, himself, has contributed a paper on Illife in early times" to the volume. Among the topics discussed are some interesting applications of low temperature experimental techniques to cardiology and astrophysics. We would like to express our particular appreciation to Mrs. Helga Billings and Miss Sara Lesser for their excellent typing of these Proceedings and to Mrs. Jacquelyn Zagursky, as well as to Mrs. Billings and Miss Lesser for their invaluable assistance with the details of the conference and the publication of these Proceedings. The Editors CONTENTS Section One BIOLOGY Life in the Early Days Lars Onsager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Fluctuating Enzyme Giorgio Careri. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Diffusion Control in Biochemical Reactions Manfred Eigen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Phase Transitions of Phospholipids Julian Sturtevant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Theory and Density Measurements of the Lipid Bilayer Phase Transition John F. Nagle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Stability of Helical Nucleic Acids Neville R. Kallenbach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Thermodynamic Perspectives and the Origin of Life Sidney W. Fox. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Section Two STATISTICAL MECHANICS High Frequency Dielectric Response in Dipolar Systems Roberto Lobo, John E. Robinson, Sergio Rodriguez. 143 ix x CONTENTS Exact Derivation of the Onsager Limiting Law Thomas J. Murphy 157 The Effect of Wall Charge on the Capillary Rise of Electrolytes Lars Onsager, Edmund Drauglis 167 Density of States of Topologically Disordered Amorphous Semiconductors Jill C. Bonner, J. F. Nagle 201 Irreversibility Willis E. Lamb, Jr. 213 Surface Specific Heat of Crystals.

Keywords

astrophysics biology diffusion experiment mechanics natural science phase transition quantization quantum mechanics stability statistical mechanics

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