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2nd Edition

Biophysics for Beginners
A Journey through the Cell Nucleus

ISBN 9781003223108
Published November 17, 2021 by Jenny Stanford Publishing
528 Pages 181 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Biophysics is a new way of looking at living matter. It uses quantitative experimental, theoretical, and computational methods, thereby opening a new window for studying and understanding life processes. This textbook provides a brief introduction to the basics of the field, followed by in-depth discussions of more advanced biophysics subjects, going all the way to state-of-the-art experiments and their theoretical interpretations. The second edition presents some of the newest developments in the field (e.g., biomolecular condensates, loop extrusion), a new chapter on computational methods, and many computer exercises specially designed for this textbook.

Table of Contents

1. Molecular Biology of the Cell 2. Statistical Physics 3. Polymer Physics 4. DNA 5. Stochastic Processes 6. RNA and Protein Folding 7. Electrostatics inside the Cell 8. DNA–Protein Complexes 9. Computational Methods

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Helmut Schiessel studied physics at the Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany. There he earned his PhD under the guidance of Prof. A. Blumen in the Group for Theoretical Polymer Physics. After graduating in 1997, he worked as a postdoc with Prof. P. A. Pincus at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Then, he was a joint postdoc with Profs. W. M. Gelbart and R. Bruinsma at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2000, he joined the Theory Group of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, where he was in charge of a biophysics research project. From 2005 to 2020, Prof. Schiessel headed the chair of Theoretical Physics of Life
Processes in the Instituut-Lorentz at Leiden University, the Netherlands. In 2021, he joined the Cluster of
Excellence Physics of Life at the Technical University in Dresden, Germany, where he heads the Theoretical
Physics of Living Matter Group.