lunes, 1 de enero de 2018

Alexander Bittner (CIC nanoGune)

Doctor en Química / Ph.D. Chemistry


Self Assembly

-Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life
Richard A.L. Jones

"""This is a popular science book, which stands out: First, it has few illustrations, but it is written in a very lively way, really entertaining; second, it has practically no mathematical formulae - Richard Jones describes structures and processes, even quantifies them, without formulae, but without losing any scientific rigor. One of my favourite chapters shows this very nicely: "Stickiness" describes that the nanoworld is (often) dominated by van der Waals interactions, and that our (macroscale) ideas of control, e.g. of movements, cannot work here. Jones' view on so-called "nanotechnology" is of coursed biased towards the "soft" part, and - apart from microelectronics - this might very well be the path we are taking. """

-The Physics of Proteins
Hans Frauenfelder

"""This is a book for physicists, chemists and biologists, who want to have a look at proteins from another perspective. Far too often we ignore how intensely our disciplines overlap, and we are stuck with our own viewpoint and language. Hans Frauenfelder and his coathors (mainly Robert Austin) manage to condense and to convey essential knowledge, such that we can gain access to the other disciplines. In which other book can a physicist read on three pages the essentials of acid/base chemistry, or a chemist on nine pages the essentials of glasses? 
The book makes a point that is obvious, but still a big challenge in science: Proteins are not static, and they do not simply "show" dynamic behaviour, rather their very function is completely determined and controlled by dynamics."""


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