Physical Models of Living Systems Philip Nelson

ISBN: 9781464140297

Published: December 20th 2014

Paperback

384 pages


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Physical Models of Living Systems  by  Philip Nelson

Physical Models of Living Systems by Philip Nelson
December 20th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781464140297 | 5.64 Mb

Written for intermediate-level undergraduates pursuing any science or engineering major, Physical Models of Living Systems helps students develop many of the competencies that form the basis of the new MCAT2015. The only prerequisite is first-yearMoreWritten for intermediate-level undergraduates pursuing any science or engineering major, Physical Models of Living Systems helps students develop many of the competencies that form the basis of the new MCAT2015.

The only prerequisite is first-year physics. With the more advanced Track-2 sections at the end of each chapter, the book can be used in graduate-level courses as well.The strong thematic unity is a major strength. What students are most stunned and amazed by is how a handful of basic mathematical concepts (e.g., Poisson statistics, Bayes rules) can be used to understand myriad problems at many levels.

Nelson’s book communicates these key concepts in a very engaging way. Choice of topic, strong thematic unity, and lucidness are its major strengths.” -- Prof Aravinthan Samuel, Dept of Physics and Center for Brain Science, Harvard UniversityI love the combination of real data along with the simplified mathematical modeling. This is exactly the kind of thoughtful back-and-forth between the real world and the modeling world that I try to inculcate in my own students. -- Prof Ned Wingreen, Molecular Biology, Princeton UniversityThis text is beautifully written. It succeeds by presenting a clear and coherent point of view: It is essential to develop quantitative, testable models of biological phenomena and these models are based on the basic physical foundations of nature which are essential for understanding living systems and for developing the modern tools used to investigate their structure and dynamics.

-- Prof Alex Levine, Chemistry, UCLAExcellent conversational tone that Nelson has perfected over time… Excellent mixtures of physical and biological examples, with enough technical content that students can appreciate and understand the biology, but without the jargon and details that often prevent abstract concepts from being easily understood — Illustrations and problems for students are great.

-- Prof Megan Valentine, Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara



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