Applied Mechanics News

Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Biological Frontier of Physics - Physics Today

By Rob Phillips and Stephen R. Quake

Problems at the interface between biology and physics offer unique opportunities for physicists to make quantitative contributions to biology. Equally important, they enrich the discipline of physics by challenging its practitioners to think in new ways.


  • While the current research focus of Rob Phillips group is on the physical biology of the cell, he has also been working on modeling material behaviors of solids, and published a very nice textbook on this topic (Crystal, Defects and Microstructures, Cambridge University Press, 2001) while he was at Brown. In this textbook, he talks about the various modeling methods across multiscales that have been used in the study of crystals, defects and microstructures.

    Come back to his current group. Intriguing research topics aside, I enjoyed browsing through his group member photos, which is the most vivid group presentation I've ever seen.

    By Blogger Teng Li, at 5/27/2006 6:59 PM  

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