Welcome to the Spring 2020 Homepage for Physics 8.592J
The course is taught by Professors Mehran Kardar, Leonid Mirny, and Arup K. Chakraborty.
Lectures and Recitations: MWF 2.30-4pm, in room 4-265.
Justification: There has been an explosion of biological data in the past few years, such as the complete genome of many organisms from bacteria to human, the structures of some RNA and numerous proteins, and the expression profiles of thousands of genes. Converting this enormous data to useful biological knowledge requires a multitude of computational and statistical tools, as well as novel conceptual perspectives. Progress in this task requires knowledge of a number of issues such as optimization, partitioning, pattern recognition, collective behavior, which are in the domain of statistical physics. Since the central task of statistical physics is to describe how complex behavior emerges from interaction of large numbers of basic elements, its tools and concepts should be valuable in bioinformatics. The aim of this course is to introduce and explore some topics at the interface of physics and biology.
From these pages you can access copies of all handouts distributed in class.