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By Konstantin Bogdanov

ISBN-10: 0080500137

ISBN-13: 9780080500133

ISBN-10: 0121098400

ISBN-13: 9780121098407

Biology in Physics is an intensive new publication which bridges the distance among biology and physics. the purpose is to advertise an interdisciplinary trade of clinical details and ideas, as a way to stimulate cooperation in learn. The scope of this quantity explores either the strategies and methods of biophysics and illustrates the most recent advances in our realizing of a few of the particular mechanisms which are utilized by dwelling organisms. This quantity represents a unique attempt to compile the data that will let a nonbiologically orientated physicist to understand the real position that physics performs in existence sciences. Key gains* An advent to biophysics for non-specialist* Covers all of the vital topices in smooth biophysics* Takes account of the newest details rising from biophysical initiatives* studies on novel healing suggestions* provides an advanced-level evaluate of mechanisms that keep an eye on numerous tactics in organisms starting from bacterial to whales

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The electric organ of fish with the high sensitivity to an external electric field operates at a frequency of several hundred Hz and can generate oscillations of potential difference (about several Volts strong) on the surface of the animal body. As a result, an electric field appears which is picked up by electroreceptors, the ampullae of Lorenzini, the latter sending nerve impulses to the animal's brain. 13). , 1998). It is fairly interesting to note that almost all fish that use their electric organs to find their way swimming keep their tails practically motionless.

The more distant from the heart, the later the vessel deformation reaches its peak value. Thus, after each systole a wave of deformation runs along an artery in the direction from the heart to the periphery, in much the same way as waves propagate along a tight string or along the water surface from a stone dropped into it. , near a wrist), the finger will sense the waves in the form of pushes (pulse). Here, we should note that the velocity of propagation of the blood vessel deformation wave may significantly differ from that of the compression wave in blood.

This makes it possible to use the measurement for diagnostic purposes. It is interesting to note that Eq. 1) for the velocity of propagation of the pulse wave in the arteries was first derived by the famous English scholar Thomas Young in 1809. Young is remembered mainly as the creator of the wave theory of light, and also because the elasticity modulus of materials is named after him. He was also the author of the classical works on blood circulation theory, including those on propagation of pulse wave in arteries.

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