Written for students and researchers in systems biology, the second edition of this best-selling textbook continues to offer a clear presentation of design principles that govern the structure and behavior of biological networks, highlighting simple, recurring circuit elements that make up the network. Rigorously classroom-tested, it contains new additions as well as corrections and revisions for better flow. This edition includes four new chapters: Perfect Robustness, Scaling in Development, Noise and Variability in Biological Circuits, and Evolution of Modularity. It also doubles the number of exercises and adds an appendix.
Part I: Network Motifs. Part II: Robustness. Epilogue. Appendix.
Uri Alon is a professor in the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Praise for the First Edition
"[This text deserves] serious attention from any quantitative scientist or physicist who hopes to learn about modern biology. … the author succeeds in explaining in an intellectually exciting way what the cell does and what degrees of freedom enable it to function. … He draws the detailed strands together into an appealing and inspiring overview of biology. … Alon’s book should become a standard part of the training of graduate students in biological physics… ."
—Nigel Goldenfeld, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Physics Today, June 2007
"…a superb, beautifully written and organized work that takes an engineering approach to systems biology. … He does an excellent job of explaining and motivating a useful toolbox of engineering models and methods using network-based controls. … a valuable and non-overlapping addition to a systems-biology curriculum."
—Eric Werner, University of Oxford, Nature, Vol. 446, No. 29, March 2007
"I read Uri Alon’s elegant book almost without stopping for breath. He perceives and explains so many simple regularities, so clearly, that the novice reading this book can move on immediately to research literature, armed with a grasp of the many connections between diverse phenomena."
—Philip Nelson, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
"… Beyond simply recounting recent results, Alon boldly articulates the basic principles underlying biological circuitry at different levels and shows how powerful they can be in understanding the complexity of living cells. For anyone who wants to understand how a living cell works, but thought they never would, this book is essential."
—Michael B. Elowitz, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
"Uri Alon offers a highly original perspective on systems biology, emphasizing the function of certain simple networks that appear as ubiquitous building blocks of living matter. …"
—Boris Shraiman, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
"This is a remarkable book that introduces not only a field but a way of thinking. Uri Alon describes in an elegant, simple way how principles such as stability, robustness and optimal design can be used to analyze and understand the evolution and behavior of living organisms. Alon’s clear intuitive language and helpful examples offer — even to a mathematically naive reader — deep mathematical insights into biology. The community has been waiting for this book; it was worth the wait."
—Galit Lahav, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA