By Mark C. Leake
"This booklet matters one, uncomplicated query: what's existence? If purely the reply have been as easy! during this booklet you will discover a accomplished dialogue of the experimental and theoretical instruments and methods of biophysics that are used to assist us deal with that almost all harmless of questions"--
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And, of course, to Mr. Blue Sky. 6 Summary Points Questions References Index Preface Or, how physical science methods help us understand “life” And the whole is greater than the part. Euclid elements, Book I, Common Notion 5, ca. 300 BC This book concerns one simple question: What is life? If only the answer were as simple! In this book, you will find a comprehensive discussion of the experimental and theoretical tools and techniques of biophysics, which can be used to help us address that most innocuous questions.
Specific advances are needed in advanced optical microscopy and instrumentation, single-molecule detection and interactions, atomic force microscopy (AFM), image processing, polymer and synthetic chemistry, protein crystallography, microfabrication, and mathematical and finite element modeling to then interface with current biological and healthcare problems. This book is structured in nine concise chapters, navigating the reader through a historical background to the concepts and motivation for a physical science toolbox in understanding biology, and then dedicating a chapter to orienting readers from a physical science area of expertise to essential biological knowledge.
Always question dogma. Be curious about the natural world. Endlessly curious. Keep on asking questions. And when you think you have found the answer, well… think again…. Enjoy this book. Please let me know if you have or haven’t. I’ll aim to make it better the next time. 5 SUMMARY POINTS We can treat physical science techniques applied to biology problems as a “toolbox,” but we must be mindful that these tools are often hard to use and expensive. Physical scientists might wish to help biologists to think of the big questions and can consider building established balanced, long-term, dialectical collaborations as an alternative to providing transient technical support services.
Biophysics: tools and techniques by Mark C. Leake