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Description - Electricity and Magnetism in Biological Systems by Donald Edmonds

Our understanding of biological functions is rapidly approaching the molecular level. On this scale the only significant forces are electromagnetic, so that ultimately all living processes must be understood in terms of electromagnetic fields and forces. The first half of the present book deals with the theory of electromagnetism using a descriptive and geometrical approach suited to students of biology, chemistry, and biochemistry, and including biologically relevant examples where possible. The second half contains biological topics which can serve as applications of the theory for students of chemistry or biology, or as an introduction to biology for students trained in the physical sciences who wish to migrate to biology. Topics include the properties of water and ions in bulk solution and in narrow pores, the Debye Layer, possible mechanisms for a magnetic animal compass, an electrostatic model of a proton/ion counterport, and the semi-classical theory of nuclear magnetic resonance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198506805
ISBN-10: 0198506805
Format: Hardback
(248mm x 173mm x 21mm)
Pages: 298
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 3-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Donald Edmonds

Professor of Physics, University of Oxford. d.edmonds1@physics.ox.ac.uk Tel.: 01993/822516