Physical Biology of the Cell

Rob Phillips, Jane Kondev, Julie Theriot, Hernan Garcia

Garland Science
Published October 29, 2012
Textbook - 1058 Pages - 742 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780815344506 - CAT# Y110327

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  • New chapter on “Light and Life.” Describes the intersection of quantum mechanics and biology.
  • New chapter on “Biological Patterns: Order in Space and Time.” Studies pattern formation, critical to fields such as developmental biology and tissue engineering.
  • New boxes called “Computational Explorations.” These boxes complement the emphasis on analytic calculations with computational approaches.
  • Full-color illustrations throughout.
  • Significantly expanded end-of-chapter problems.
  • Further reading and references updated for each chapter.


Physical Biology of the Cell is a textbook for a first course in physical biology or biophysics for undergraduate or graduate students. It maps the huge and complex landscape of cell and molecular biology from the distinct perspective of physical biology. As a key organizing principle, the proximity of topics is based on the physical concepts that unite a given set of biological phenomena. Herein lies the central premise: that the appropriate application of a few fundamental physical models can serve as the foundation of whole bodies of quantitative biological intuition, useful across a wide range of biological problems. The Second Edition features full-color illustrations throughout, two new chapters, a significantly expanded set of end-of-chapter problems, and is available in a variety of e-book formats.