Biophysics is a science that comprises theoretical plotting andmodels based on contemporary physicochemical conceptions. Theymirror physical specificity of the molecular organization andelementary processes in living organisms, which in their turn formthe molecular basis of biological phenomena. Presentation of acomplete course in biophysics requires vast biological material aswell as additional involvement of state-of-the-art concepts inphysics, chemistry and mathematics. This is essential for thestudents to "perceive" the specific nature andpeculiarity of molecular biological processes and see how thisspecificity is displayed in biological systems. This is the essenceof the up-to-date biophysical approach to the analysis ofbiological processes.
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Andrey B. Rubin is a professor of biophysics at Lomonosov Moscow State University in the Department of Biophysics. Born in Russia, he is chair of the National Committee for Biophysics in the Russian Academy of Science. He was head of the Department of Biophysics at MSU, Governer of the Task Force on Education in Biophysics, and a member of the RAS Council on Space Biology and Biological membrane since 2005.?He has received many awards for his contributions to the science of biophysics, holds many patents and inventions, and authored of numerous papers. He is also on the editorial board of the journal, Biophysics, in the Russian language.
Preface vii 1 Dynamic Properties of Biological Processes 1 2 Types of Dynamic Behavior of Biological Systems 17 3 Kinetics of Enzyme Processes 35 4 Distributed Biological Systems. Chaotic Processes 45 5 Mathematical Models in Ecology 61 6 Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes in Biological Systems Near Equilibrium 77 7 Thermodynamics of Systems Far from Equilibrium 93 8 Physicochemical Principles of Biopolymer Structure 101 9 Intramolecular Dynamics of Proteins 121 10 Physical Models of Protein Dynamic Mobility 133 11 Energy Migration and Electron Transport in Biological Structures 141 12 Mechanisms of Enzyme Catalysis 151 13 Physicochemical Features of Biological Membranes. Ionic Equilibria 157 14 Passive Transport of Substances Across Membranes 171 15 Channels and Carriers. Active Transport 179 16 Transport of Ions in Excitable Membranes 185 17 Primary Processes of Energy Transformation in Photosynthesis 191 18 Energy Transformation in Biological Membranes 199 Further Reading 207 Index 209