NEW:

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.

ALMOST NEW:

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

""Philip Nelson has done a terrific job.... There are numerous traits that make this text unique among the very many books of biological physics.... The presentation of materials is developed in an innovative fashion.... There is a nice balance between conceptual examples and end-of-the-chapter problems.... This book shows a nice intercalation of fundamental laws, brief descriptions of computational strategies for acquiring quantitative information, as well as their implications in biological physics and areas beyond that, including signaling processes, genetic switches, and cellular oscillators.... Physical Models of Living Systems... will benefit undergraduates as well as others with clear interests in genomics, proteomics, cellular signaling, bioengineering, regenerative medicine, and synthetic biology." -- Liviu Movileanu in American Journal of Physics 84 (6), June 2016

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

RECENT:

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:

Preparation of the dissertation:
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(7) Check the quality of the dissertation on family members and colleagues. A normal dissertation must evoke involuntary yawning and subsequent sleep. Sections which provoke spasms of mirth must be rewritten. Do not be glad if an unsophisticated listener says that everything is intelligible to him: this indicates that you will be unintelligible to a scholarly listener." -- Some dissertation committee, Moscow, 1968.



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