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Light Detectors, Photoreceptors and Imaging Systems in Nature

By: JJ Wolken

260 pages, B/w photos, illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | May 1995 | #46731 | ISBN: 0195050029
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About this book

The author explores some of the many ways in which light is intimately linked with life. Section 1: Light and Life. Section 2: Nature's Ways of Making Images from Light.


"The book is of value . . . as a source of inspiration for biologists who are intrigued by the subject, as well as for engineers who are looking to biological structures for new ideas."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Wolken has synthesized information from physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering to provide an interdisciplinary survey of the many ways in which light is linked with life. . .the extensive bibliography and numerous references make this a valuable overview to any professional interested in the science of light and vision." --Choice


Contents

1. Light and Life: An Introduction; 2. The Physical Nature of Light: the Interaction of Light with Matter and Molecules of Life; 3. Biochromes: Pigments and Photoreceptions; 4. The Cell Membrane: Molecular Structure; 5. Specialized Cellular Membranes for Photoreception: The Chloroplast in Photosynthesis; 6. Searching for Light: Photostatic Behaviour; 7. Emergence of an Imaging Eye; 8. Visual Pigments; 9. The Vertebrate Eye and Visual Excitation; 10. Birds and Fishes; 11. Spectral Sensitivity of the Eye and Colour Vision; 12. Invertebrate Eyes; 13. Polarized Light in Nature; 14. Light that Controls Behavior: Detection by Animals; 15. Bioengineering: Biomimetics

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