Physical models of living systems (WH Freeman and Co, 2015), now available on Kindle and via CourseSmart.

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


Student's Guide to Python for Physical Modeling (with Jesse Kinder) (Princeton Univ. Press, 2015).


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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"Every attempt to employ mathematical methods in the study of chemical questions must be considered profoundly irrational and contrary to the spirit of chemistry. If mathematical analysis should ever hold a prominent place in chemistry -- an aberration which is happily almost impossible -- it would occasion a rapid and widespread degeneration of that science." -- Auguste Comte (1799--1857)

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