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Biological Physics

Poincaré Seminar 2009

  • Vincent Rivasseau

Part of the Progress in Mathematical Physics book series (PMP, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jean-François Joanny, Jacques Prost
    Pages 1-32
  3. Jasper van der Gucht, Cécile Sykes
    Pages 33-46
  4. David Lacoste, Kirone Mallick
    Pages 61-88
  5. Maria Manosas, Timothée Lionnet, Élise Praly, Ding Fangyuan, Jean-François Allemand, David Bensimon et al.
    Pages 89-122
  6. Raymond E. Goldstein
    Pages 123-139

About this book


This new volume in the Poincaré Seminar Series, describing recent developments at the interface between physics and biology, is directed towards a broad audience of physicists, biologists, and mathematicians. Both the theoretical and experimental aspects are covered, and particular care is devoted to the pedagogical nature of the presentations. The first survey article, by Jean-Francois Joanny and Jacques Prost, describes the theoretical advances made in the study of "active gels", with applications to liquid crystals and cell motility. Jasper van der Gucht and Cécile Sykes then report on recent advances made with biomimetic model systems in the understanding of cytokinesis. The next article, by Jonathon Howard, presents several molecular models for motor proteins, which are compared with experimental results for kinesin. David Lacoste and Kirone Mallick then show theoretically that similar ratchet models of motor proteins naturally satisfy a fundamental time-reversal symmetry, the Gallavotti-Cohen fluctuation relation. Jean-Francois Allemand, David Bensimon and Vincent Croquette and their coauthors describe the latest advances made in the real-time single molecule study of the enzymes involved in DNA replication. Raymond E. Goldstein addresses the problem of understanding, from a physics perspective, the driving forces behind the biological evolution of multicellularity, using Volvocine algae as model organisms. Stanislas Dehaene finally addresses the major challenge of understanding the neuronal mechanism of consciousness, and speculates on the possible theoretical explanations of MRI experiments. Picture of the Poincaré Seminar 2009 Contributing authors: Jean-François Allemand, David Bensimon, Vincent Croquette, Stanislas Dehaene, Ding Fangyuan, Raymond E. Goldstein, Jonathon Howard, Jean-François Joanny, David Lacoste, Timothée Lionnet, Kirone Mallick, Maria Manosas, Élise Praly, Jacques Prost, Cécile Sykes, Jasper van der Gucht


Active gels cytokinesis evolution and multicellularity fluctuation relations mechanism of consciousness motor proteins single DNA experiments

Editors and affiliations

  • Vincent Rivasseau
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique ThéoriqueUniversité de Paris-SudOrsayFrance

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