The Coiled Spring: How Life Begins
, Cold Spring Harbor Labora-
tory Press, 2000. I really enjoyed reading this book on developmental biology
- this is a fascinating area full of beautiful problems. The idea being explored
is that all animals have more or less the same genes and yet they turn out
very diﬀerently. We turn out so diﬀerently because diﬀerent decisions are
made about when and where to turn these genes on. I should note that
before I got to the end I was overwhelmed by nomenclature that I have not
yet mastered. I will deﬁnitely try this one again soon.
Intermolecular and Surface Forces
, Academic Press, 1992.
The subject of this book is much larger than is implied by the title. We
will make reference to Israelachvili’s discussion both when discussing forces
in the material world and also in the context of self-assembly.
C. R. Calladine and H. R. Drew,
, Academic Press, 1999.
This book provides a window on DNA which makes a good deal of contact
with the perspective that will be brought to this important molecule in the
Introduction to Polymer Physics
, Oxford University Press, 1996. this
book is short and sweet and provides a readable introduction to many of the
ideas from polymer physics that we will borrow in our attempt to understand
the mechanics of biological macromolecules.
P.-G. de Gennes,
Scaling Concepts in Polymer Physics
, Cornell University
Press, 1979. de Gennes classic epitomizes the appeal of “universal” insights,
especially as practiced by a master.
A. Y. Grosberg and A. R. Khokhlov,
, Academic Press, 1997.
A very nice introduction to the physics of macromolecules. Describes many
of the arguments that will be made in our course.
Conﬁgurations of ﬂuid membranes and vesicles
, Adv. Phys.,
, 13 (1997). Seifert provides a detailed description of the elasticity of