Student's Guide to Python for Physical Modeling (with Jesse Kinder) (Princeton Univ. Press, September 2015). The paperback edition is available for pre-order now from Princeton (shipping date 1 September 2015). The Kindle edition is available already.
The book has an associated blog.


Physical models of living systems (WH Freeman and Co, 2015), now available as an e-book via CourseSmart. If you are looking for a hard copy, you may find a good deal from an Amazon affiliate, or here.

"Particularly compelling for its smooth integration of biological experiments, physical models, and computational exercises. Readers who complete the text will be well equipped with the computational and mathematical skills needed for a quantitative understanding of a range of biological systems.... Thanks to Nelson's skillful writing and the excellent accompanying online resources, this book will appeal to a broad audience and teach even a beginner how to solve problems numerically." -- Eva-Maria Collins in Physics Today

Student's Guide to MATLAB for Physical Modeling (With Tom Dodson; free).


Biological Physics: Energy, Information, Life: With new art by David Goodsell (WH Freeman and Co, 2014); now available via CourseSmart.

"This book inspired me to write [my] book in the first place. Biological Physics is the most interesting and well-written textbook I have ever read." -- Peter M. Hoffman, Life's Ratchet
This 5th printing differs from the 4th by the updating of many of the beautiful drawings by David Goodsell. It also differs from the 3d and earlier printings by the addition of many new homework problems.

Phil Nelson

Physics and Astronomy University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA phone: (215) 898-7001 fax: (215) 898-2010


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Quote of the moment:

Whenever you're called on to make up your mind,
  and you're hampered by not having any,
the best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find,
  is simply by spinning a penny.

No -- not so that chance shall decide the affair
  while you're passively standing there moping;
but the moment the penny is up in the air
  you suddenly know what you're hoping.

 -- Piet Hein 

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