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Statistical Physics of Biomolecules: An Introduction Hardcover – 11 Jun 2010

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5.0 out of 5 stars and each time through I like it more and more 13 Jan. 2015
By Alan Grossfield - Published on Amazon.com
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This will be the third time I've taught from this book, and each time through I like it more and more. Dan did an excellent job of boiling statistical physics down to the subset necessary for graduate level biophysics students, and combined just the necessary level of mathematical rigor with clear, intuitive explanations. The best book of its kind around!
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal start to the fascinating journey of molecular biophysics 8 Mar. 2016
By Kamran Haider - Published on Amazon.com
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This is simply one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I come from a biochemistry background and I recently realized that statistical physics is a powerful tool to study biological systems. When I started learning about statistical mechanics, I did not have a strong calculus and probability theory background. The magic of this book is that it presents the mathematical ideas required to grasp statistical mechanics in a highly motivating fashion. The best example is in chapter 7, where it introduces Leibniz rule (differentiation under integral sign) only for reader to see shortly why it is such a beautiful trick (i.e., getting statistical mechanical averages from derivatives of the partition function). Some reviewers with math-heavy background might find the mathematical component less rigorous. I personally found that the problems in the book reinforce the core mathematical concepts and are very rewarding.
Overall, it is a great book for biochemists/molecular biologists and is perhaps an ideal preparation for doing some advanced stat-mech. I also encourage of the readers to check out some of the other teaching resources by the same author, a statistical biophysics blog and an online textbook.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on the topic 27 April 2012
By David L Mobley - Published on Amazon.com
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I find this a really helpful book on the topic. Zuckerman is a great teacher in this format, and the book is well written and interesting. He has a carefully chosen concrete example (butane) that he revisits again and again to illustrate different points. The range of topics considered is good, and this is material that is not necessarily easily found in a single other book. I also like Dill's Molecular Driving Forces, which deals with statistical thermodynamics, but this is a somewhat more advanced and more thorough treatment that deals with a different set of material. Dill's book is great for what it is, but this is too. Honestly, I really need to have both books on my shelf. I'd be more comfortable using this for a graduate level class than Dill's book, which is often more introductory.

Anyway, this isn't a review of the Dill book -- the comparison is just to say that that's the only other book I'm aware of that's really at all comparable, and the two are for different audiences. This is for a more advanced audience (though not to say too advanced -- a talented undergraduate or beginning graduate student can understand it easily) and is perhaps more thorough and traditional (though not in a bad way), while at the same time bringing Zuckerman's unique talents to the table. Definitely a book I'm going to continue using a lot.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!!! 5 Jun. 2014
By Raed Saeed Khashan - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend this book for beginners; it is down to earth and explains the basic concepts in a very simple yet rigorous way. Makes you have a solid understanding of statistical mechanics.

Although it does not bother you with many equations and their derivations, yet it gives you the intuition to understand how an equation is derived and what is the underlying meaning of it.

I love it, and I can not stop reading it, it is attractive; makes you want to read more and more!

Great job, Dr. Zuckerman!
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the subject 28 Dec. 2015
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This is an excellent book from which to learn some statistical physics and its application to the study of biomolecules. A solid background in areas such as physics, physical chemistry or materials science is assumed. The math level is not especially deep, but you do have to have a solid grasp of principles to profit fully from this book.
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