BE/Bi 25

Biophysical Chemistry

Caltech, Winter term, 2023

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In his book What is Life?: Five Great Ideas in Biology, Paul Nurse posits that "Life as Chemistry," meaning that, in his words, "many of life's activities can be understood in terms of chemistry," is a central idea in biology. In order to understand the living world, and certainly to engineer it, then, we need a foundational understanding of the chemical principles driving life's activities. This course serves to lay the chemical groundwork for an aspiring bioengineer.

Acknowledgements: This course covers similar material as Ch 25, a course formerly offered by Doug Rees. Much of the content is similar to that course. I am also grateful for useful discussions with Christina Vizcarra from Barnard College in preparation of the course materials.