• Peter R. Bergethon


We have come to the end of our trail together. A generous amount of time has been given to tying together the background fields of physics, mathematics, and chemistry. The reward for this good effort is that thousands of biological examples in fields from anatomy to zoology and molecules from α-l-antitrypsin to zymogen are now accessible in the primary literature. Our trip, you see, has been on a road to a terminal. But this terminal is not the end of the road. It is a port of call to new and deeper knowledge. The exploration of systems, whether biological, synthetic, or purely physical, should now have unity. We have left many details to your own discovery on this path. But now there are very few new trails that you could set out upon that will not seem familiar and, after a fashion, friendly. Fields that might never have held much interest for you will now beckon. Pick up a copy the Journal of Physical Chemistry or browse in Cell. There will be work there of interest, and you will know how to go about exploring it.


Physical Chemistry Electron Transfer Biological System Bioorganic Chemistry Good Effort 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter R. Bergethon
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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