from whatever quarter they may be needed. NOTE: you will get much more
out of the course if you make a point of doing the reading.
B. Alberts, D. Bray, A. Johnson, J. Lewis, M. Raﬀ, K. Roberts and P. Wal-
Essential Cell Biology
, Garland Publishing, 2003. This book has become
one of my prized possessions and is usually the ﬁrst place I look each time I
am trying to understand the current thinking on biological phenomena.
Mechanics of the Cell
, Cambridge University Press, 2001. This book
will serve as one of the main texts for the quarter. Boal has assembled a very
nice collection of insights into the ways in which mechanics can be applied
to the living world.
K. Sneppen and G. Zocchi,
Physics in Molecular Biology
, Cambridge Uni-
versity Press, 2005. This book is one of a growing number of attempts on
the part of physicists to make a case for the role of quantitative analysis and
physical reasoning in attacking real biological problems. There are many
interesting topics scattered throughout the book.
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
, W. W. Norton and Company, 2005.
This book is certainly one of the highlights of 2005 for me. I read it three
times and think it is provocative and calls attention to some of the most
interesting questions in biology. In particular, it addresses the connection
between evolution and development.
M. Kirschner and J. Gerhart,
The Plausibility of Life
, Yale University Press,
2005. This book is similar in spirit to that of Carroll and discusses the in-
sights that modern molecular and developmental biology have provided into
evolution. These same authors have written a second amazing book
Embryos and Evolution
. It is a very serious undertaking, but full of interest-
A. Murray and T. Hunt,
The Cell Cycle
, Oxford University Press, 1993. This
book is by two of the leaders in this ﬁeld and though it is probably dated,
it is full of interesting facts and ideas. Here too, I am keen on the idea of
unleashing tools like those described in this class to think about real cell
biology issues such as the cell cycle.