Molecular and Biological Physics of Living Systems

  • R. K. Mishra

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. R. K. Bullough, R. R. Puri, S. S. Hassan
    Pages 1-18
  3. T. M. Wu
    Pages 19-30
  4. K. H. Li, F. A. Popp
    Pages 31-52
  5. G. Rickey Welch, Harry A. Smith
    Pages 53-85
  6. Cyril W. Smith
    Pages 87-100
  7. G. Cilento, A. Campa, A. L. T. O. Nascimento, M. Salim-Hanna
    Pages 101-110
  8. Harold M. Hastings
    Pages 111-122
  9. Harold M. Hastings
    Pages 123-132
  10. Tetsuo Ueda, Kenji Matsumoto, Yonosuke Kobatake
    Pages 133-145
  11. V. S. Vaidhyanathan
    Pages 147-157
  12. Stuart A. Newman
    Pages 281-293
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 295-298

About this book


The living organisms and systems possess extraordinary properties of programmed development, differentiation, growth, response, movement, duplication of key molecules and in m any cases higher mental functions. But the organisms are physical objects so they must follow laws of physics yet they do not seem to obey them. Physicists cannot easily persuade themselves to accept this as finally true. Non-living objects are governed by these laws of physics and they can explain these properties. However, in the living systems too phenomena encountered like coupled non-linear interactions, manybody effects, cooperativity, coherence, phase transitions, reversible metastable states are being understood better with the aid of powerful theoretical and experimental techniques and hope is raised that these may let us understand the mysteriousness of life. Contributors to this volume are a small fraction of rapidly growing scientific opinion that these aspects of living bodies are to be expected in a hitherto inadequately suspected state of matter which is in the main directed by these physical properties pushed almost to limit. This state of matter, the living matter, deserves to be called The Living State. Mishra proposes that given hydrogenic orbitals, atoms showing easy hybridisability and multiple valances, molecules with low-lying electronic levels, "loosestructure", and a metabolic pump in thermodynamically open system, various fundamental properties of living state can emerge automatically. Structurally these are all known to be present.


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Editors and affiliations

  • R. K. Mishra
    • 1
  1. 1.North-Eastern Hill UniversityShillongIndia

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7343-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1890-0
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