SOON:

Physical models of living systems (WH Freeman and Co, December 2014).

NEW:

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

"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. It is available in the usual places, or from the publisher.











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:

Interviewer: Maybe it's the way textbooks are written, but few people outside science appear to know just how quickly real, complicated physical problems get out of hand as far as theory is concerned.
Feynman: That's very bad education. The lesson you learn as you grow older in physics is that what we can do is a very small fraction of what there is. Our theories are really very limited.




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