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From Nernst to Bernstein and Beyond

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1107047, PP. 1-18

Subject Areas: Neuroscience, Biophysics

Keywords: Bernstein, Nernst, Hodgkin & Huxley Model, Biology, Biophysics

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Man has always been interested in animal electricity, which seems to be measured in every living cell. He has been fascinated by trying to elucidate the mechanisms by which this potential is created and maintained. Biology is the science that seeks to explain this mystery. Biology is based on basic sciences such as physics or chemistry. The latter, in turn, make systematic use of mathematics to measure, evaluate and predict certain phenomena and to develop “laws” and models that are as general as possible while respecting, as closely as possible, observations and facts. The Nernst equation was one of the pillars of electrochemistry. Biology also uses this same equation as one of the indispensable bases for the computation of membrane potential. Man has established a cellular model that highlights this equation in several forms. However, we are going to show by various means that this model is inadequate or even inapplicable.

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Delalande, B. , Tamagawa, H. and Matveev, V. (2020). From Nernst to Bernstein and Beyond. Open Access Library Journal, 7, e7047. doi:


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