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IntroductiontoBiophysicsWeek:WhatisBiophysics?Biophysicsisathrivingdiscipline,asisevidentbythebreadthanddepthofthesciencethatisbeingpresentedattheBiophysicalSocietyAnnualMeetingsandpublishedinBiophysicalJournal.Yet,biophysicsalsohasanidentityproblem—duetothewiderangeofresearchtopicsthatproperlyfallunderthegeneralrubricofbiophysics—andbiophysicistsoftenfindthemselveschallengedwhenaskedtodescribewhatthetermactuallyrepresents.Biophysics,asadistinctdiscipline,canbetracedtoa‘‘gangoffour’’:EmilduBois-Reymond,ErnstvonBr€ucke,HermannvonHelmholtz,andCarlLudwig—allfourbeingphysiciansandtheformerthreebeingstudentsofthegreatGermanphysiologistJohannesM€uller,who,in1847,gottogethertodeveloparesearchprogrambasedontherejec-tionofthe,atthetime,prevailingnotionthatlivinganimalsdependonspecialbiologicallawsandvitalforceswoulddifferfromthosethatoperateinthedomainofinorganicna-ture.Incontrast,thegroupsoughttoexplainbiologicalfunctionusingthesamelawsasareapplicableinthecaseofphysicalandchemicalphenomena.Asst...