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Mechanics of the Cell

  •  ISBN-10 0-521-79681-4

  •  ISBN-13 978-0-521-79681-1

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publication info   D. Boal, Cambridge University Press, 2002, 528 pp., soft cover

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Biological physics, the application of physics to provide an understanding of biological phenomena, is a new burgeoning subject. This explores the physics behind the architecture of a cell′s envelope and internal scaffolding, as well as the properties of its soft components. It discusses the properties of individual flexible polymers, networks and membranes, and then considers simple composite assemblages such as bacteria and synthetic cells. Analysis is performed within a consistent mathematical framework, although readers can navigate from the introductory material to biological applications without working through the intervening mathematics.

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1. Introduction to the cell;
Part I. Rods and Ropes:
2. Polymers;
3. Two-dimensional networks;
4. Three-dimensional networks;
Part II. Membranes:
5. Biomembranes;
6. Membrane undulations;
Part III. The Whole Cell:
7. The simplest cells;
8. Intermembrane forces;
9. Dynamic filaments;
10. Mechanical designs;
Appendix A. Animal cells and tissues;
Appendix B. The cell’s molecular building blocks;
Appendix C. Elementary statistical mechanics;
Appendix D. Elasticity; References; Index.

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