Statistical Physics for  Biological Matter, Hardback Book

Statistical Physics for Biological Matter Hardback

Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics series


This book aims to cover a broad range of topics in statistical physics, including statistical mechanics (equilibrium and non-equilibrium), soft matter and fluid physics, for applications to biological phenomena at both cellular and macromolecular levels.

It is intended to be a graduate level textbook, but can also be addressed to the interested senior level undergraduate.

The book is written also for those involved in research on biological systems or soft matter based on physics, particularly on statistical physics. Typical statistical physics courses cover ideal gases (classical and quantum) and interacting units of simple structures.

In contrast, even simple biological fluids are solutions of macromolecules, the structures of which are very complex.

The goal of this book to fill this wide gap by providing appropriate content as well as by explaining the theoretical method that typifies good modeling, namely, the method of coarse-grained descriptions that extract the most salient features emerging at mesoscopic scales.

The major topics covered in this book include thermodynamics, equilibrium statistical mechanics, soft matter physics of polymers and membranes, non-equilibrium statistical physics covering stochastic processes, transport phenomena and hydrodynamics. Generic methods and theories are described with detailed derivations, followed by applications and examples in biology.

The book aims to help the readers build, systematically and coherently through basic principles, their own understanding of nonspecific concepts and theoretical methods, which they may be able to apply to a broader class of biological problems.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 440 pages, 149 Illustrations, color; 27 Illustrations, black and white; XXV, 440 p. 176 illus., 149
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag, Singapore
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  • Category: States of matter
  • ISBN: 9789811077807

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