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Quantum Physics Meets Biology: a Case Study


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Jarvis, PD 2012 , 'Quantum Physics Meets Biology: a Case Study', paper presented at the Preserving the Humboldt Tradition of Scholarship in Australasia. Proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows (AAvHF), 30 September - 2 October 2011, Sydney, NSW.

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Is there a role for fundamental quantum physics in biology or evolution? Quantum physics was invented about a century ago, but in recent years has been undergoing an epistemological exodus, with its ideas and methods expanding from physics into information and communication and associated technologies, but also, re-addressing fundamental questions of biology. This paper will give some background to explain these assertions, and will take up a particular case study showing how quantum mechanisms may be intimately involved in some key biological processes relating to molecular mechanisms of olfaction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Jarvis, PD
Publisher: University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
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