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Biophysics
Biophysics
by W. Hoppe
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT AND THOROUGH COVERAGE OF THE FIELD OF BIOPHYSICS, 29 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Biophysics (Hardcover)
This textbook is without doubt one of the best biophysics books I have had the pleasure of reading. It gives an excellent coverage of many areas of the field of biophysics.
For example, I have enjoyed most the sections on "membranes" and "neurobiophysics", due to personal bias. The "membranes" section explores the concept of the membrane potential in detail and includes explanations of the Nernst equation and the GHK equation. The "neurobiophysics" section covers the Hodgkin-Huxley model in significant detail and explains the differential equations involved very clearly and with numerous diagrams as an aid. Thus coverage of the physical basis of the action potential is sound. In fact, the first time I ever read about the Hodgkin-Huxley model was in this book.
Overall, the whole book is very well written and I would highly recommend it.


Schrödinger: Life and Thought
Schrödinger: Life and Thought
by Walter J. Moore
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF AN INCREDIBLY GIFTED SCIENTIST, 6 Feb. 2009
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Of all those who have walked this Earth, none can deny that Erwin Schrodinger must rank as one of the greatest geniuses of all time. He developed wave mechanics, the inspired discovery which revolutionized quantum mechanics. He derived both the non-relativistic and relativistic versions of his Schrodinger wave equation - the foundations of modern quantum mechanics. He also proved that the mathematical result arrived at by both wave and matrix mechanics was identical, thereby unifying quantum mechanics into a coherent whole. In short, Schrodinger helped us come closer to understanding the true nature of atoms and subatomic particles than perhaps anyone before or after him. His work made it possible for DNA to be discovered and for molecular biology to develop into the vibrant field that it is today. His discoveries are also relevant to the study of consciousness thanks to their applications to the 'Quantum Mind Theory'.

In the light of these great facts about Erwin Schrodinger, one would expect a considerably excellent effort to be made on any biography written about him. This is the case here. The author has written a thoroughly detailed and accurate account of the scientist's personal and professional life. All of his discoveries are described and explained in understandable language (the author is a research scientist himself). Care is also taken to emphasise the passion that Schrodinger had regarding his quest to find answers to seemingly insurmountable mathematical and physical questions.

Overall, this is a great and fitting book about the greatest of scientists.


Elements of Molecular Neurobiology, 3rd Edition
Elements of Molecular Neurobiology, 3rd Edition
by C. U. M. Smith
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT TOME OF ADVANCED MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE, 13 Nov. 2007
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This is one of my favourite books. It is the best textbook there is on the subject of molecular neuroscience. It is of great use to undergraduates and postgraduates alike. I think that the best thing about this book is that it really delves into issues that are at the frontier of modern neuroscientific endeavour. For example, it has a section on molecules and consciousness where Roger Penrose's ideas on quantum mind are introduced. I have read a lot of texts in my time but none have had such a rigorous and purely molecular approach to the study of the brain.


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