An Introduction

  • Authors
  • Christiaan┬áSybesma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 1-5
  3. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 7-36
  4. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 37-107
  5. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 109-141
  6. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 143-166
  7. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 167-193
  8. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 195-211
  9. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 213-228
  10. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 229-238
  11. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 239-253
  12. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 255-279
  13. Christiaan Sybesma
    Pages 281-290
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 291-320

About this book


Today, courses on biophysics are taught in almost all universities in the world, often in separate biophysics departments or divisions. This reflects the enormous growth of the field, even though the problem of its formal definition remains unsettled. In spite of this lack of definition, biophysics, which can be considered as an amalgamation of the biological and the physical sciences, is recognized as a major scientific activity that has led to spectacular developments in biology. It has increased our knowledge of biological systems to such an extent that even industrial and commercial interests are now beginning to put their stamps on biological research. A major part of these developments took place during the last two decades. Therefore, an introductory textbook on biophysics that was published a dozen years ago (c. Sybesma, An Introduction to Biophysics, Academic Press, 1977) no longer could fulfil " ... the need for a comprehensive but elementary textbook ... -" (R. Cammack, Nature 272 (1978), 96). However, because of the increased proliferation of biophysics into higher education, the need for introductory course texts on biophysics is stronger than ever. This fact, together with valuable comments of many readers, have encouraged me to revise the original book.


ATP ATPase Nucleotide Synapse X-ray biophysics cells electron transport enzymes magnetic resonance mechanics physical concepts proteins spectroscopy thermodynamics

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-0030-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2239-6
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