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Introduction

  • J. Schnakenberg
Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Abstract

Biophysics, in its historical development as an interdisciplinary field of research between physics and biology, started from a rather particular subject, namely, the effect of irradiation, especially of high-energy X-rays, on chromosomes and the genetic information carried by them. However, biophysics has evolved to a much broader field of research encompassing a large variety of very different and vivid scientific activities between physics and biology. To give a preliminary and global definition of biophysics according to today’s interpretation, one could comprise all its individual lines into the question: What methods and concepts can physics contribute to an analysis of biological systems?

Keywords

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Interdisciplinary Field Network Language Incomplete Image Intuitive Assumption 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Schnakenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikRhein.-Westf.-Techn. HochschuleAachenGermany

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