Fractals in Molecular Biophysics

Hardcover | December 1, 1997

byT. Gregory Dewey

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Historically, science has sought to reduce complex problems to their simplest components, but more recently it has recognized the merit of studying complex phenomena in situ. Fractal geometry is one such appealing approach, and this book discusses its application to complex problems inmolecular biophysics. The book provides a detailed, unified treatment of fractal aspects of protein and structure dynamics, fractal reaction kinetics in biochemical systems, sequence correlations in DNA and proteins, and descriptors of chaos in enzymatic systems. In an area that has been slow toacknowledge the use of fractals, this is an important addition to the literature, offering a glimpse of the wealth of possible applications to complex problems.

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Historically, science has sought to reduce complex problems to their simplest components, but more recently it has recognized the merit of studying complex phenomena in situ. Fractal geometry is one such appealing approach, and this book discusses its application to complex problems inmolecular biophysics. The book provides a detaile...

T. Gregory Dewey is at University of Denver.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.42 × 0.91 inPublished:December 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195084470

ISBN - 13:9780195084474

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Table of Contents

1. What Are Fractals?2. Fractal Aspects of Protein Structure3. Loops, Polymer Statistics, and Helix-Coil Transitions4. The Multifractality of Biomacromolecules5. Fractal Diffusion and Chemical Kinetics6. Are Protein Dynamics Fractal?7. Fractons and Vibrational Relaxation in Proteins8. Encoded Walks and Correlations in Sequence Data9. Percolation10. Chaos in Biochemical SystemsIndex

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"This is a volume in the series Topics in Physical Chemistry. It is its goal to pull together diverse applications and to present a unified exposition how fractals can be used in molecular biophysics. The book is intended for two audiences: the biophysical chemist who is unfamiliar withfractals, and the expert in fractals who is unfamiliar with biophysical problems. A theme that runs through the book is the close association of fractals and renormalization group theory, the latter being intimately associated with phase behavior of polymers and aggregates."--Quarterly of AppliedMathematics