- Hardcover: 600 pages
- Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 1st edition (July 18, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0716743728
- ISBN-13: 978-0716743729
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Nelson has done a splendid job conveying how principles of physics apply to biological systems. -- Donald Jacobs, California State University-Northridge
Dr. Nelson succeeds in explaining difficult concepts in words and then presents the mathematics in a clear way. -- Daniel Kim-Shapiro, Physics Department, Wake Forest University
He is an excellent writer, being both entertaining and clear. -- Fred MacKintosh, Department of Physics, Princeton University
Overall I found the choise of topics to be quite interesting and appropriate, and the presentation of the material attractive. -- Steve Hagen, University of Florida
The proposed book by Nelson will fill a clear need. Discussion revolves around central ideas, which are developed clearly. -- William Parke, Physics Department, George Washington University
About the Author
PHILIP NELSON is Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his A.B. from Princeton University (1980) and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1984). Professor Nelson serves on the Biophysical Society's Education Committee; he received Penn's highest teaching award in 2001, in part for creating the course that formed the basis for this book. -
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(11 December 2007)
The book helpfully connects abstract theory with experiments, particularly extending derivations to the the point of reaching experimentally measurable quantities, as for example in relating dissipation and fluctuations. These discussions show how statistical physics applies to biological machines described qualitatively in more introductory books such as Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People.
The publisher web site for the book, including errata, is only available to instructors. This limits independent study with the book. There is some nonstandard notation and definition, such as for chemical potential and avoiding partial derivatives. While these are mentioned in the text when first introduced, they could be confusing to readers who skip to later chapters.
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The book is well written, with good explanations, and absolutely no proper physics.Read more
It is a second hand book which was stated "as new". The interior of the book is indeed pristine and as a new one.Read more