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

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


Student's Guide to Physical Modeling with Python (with Jesse Kinder).


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


Sorry, but I get a lot of e-mail. If you are a student currently enrolled in a class that I teach, or a Biophysics major advisee, put that in the subject line. I want to reply, but if I don't --- please come see me. If you wish me to review a grant proposal, article for publication, or promotion case, please don't assume that your e-mail has been read or even seen. It may be necessary to get me on the phone if you need me to do those things.

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"In his experiments with snapdragons, Darwin observed the same facts as Mendel, but he did not have the same theory. What was the reason? Darwin was surely acquainted with atomic theory, and he must have known about statistics. Mendel's only advantage was his training as a mathematician. Darwin often regretted, in fact, that he had not proceeded far enough to know `soemthing of the great leading principles of mathematics', and wrote that persons `thus endowed seem to have an extra sense.'" -- Karl Sigmund

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