'In Mechanics of the Cell David Boal explains the mechanical properties of the biopolymers found within cells ... for graduate students in the general field and for biotechnologists required to consider added dimensions to their work it represents a comprehensive text that ought to make it a standard reference for many years.' Ian Jones, Chemistry in Britain
'If we were really honest with ourselves, most of us would have to admit that we often take the humble biological cell for granted ... David Boal describes the architecture of the biological cell's internal and external structure in extensive detail ... This book is highly detailed; by virtue of the incredibly complex mechanics underlying the specialised properties of biological cells, it needs to be!' Kevin Coward, Biologist
'This book is by a physicist attempting to get across the underlying physical principles behind biological structures ... a very useful text, which fills a hole in the literature, and will serve as a useful reference for a number of years to come.' John Seddon, Chemistry & Industry
Biological physics (the application of physics to understand biological phenomena) is a burgeoning, new inter-disciplinary subject. Aimed at senior undergraduates and graduate students in science and biomedical engineering, this text explores the physics behind the architecture of a cell's envelope and internal scaffolding, and the properties of its soft components. The analysis is performed within a consistent mathematical framework, although readers can navigate from the introductory material to biological applications without working through the intervening mathematics. Further applications and extensions are handled through problems at the end of each chapter.