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Cell Biology by the Numbers

1st Edition

By Ron Milo, Rob Phillips

Garland Science

358 pages | 181 Color Illus.

Choice Award Winner
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Paperback: 9780815345374
pub: 2015-12-07
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A Top 25 CHOICE 2016 Title, and recipient of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) Award.

How much energy is released in ATP hydrolysis? How many mRNAs are in a cell? How genetically similar are two random people? What is faster, transcription or translation?

Cell Biology by the Numbers explores these questions—and dozens of others—providing a richly illustrated and handy reference for students and researchers in molecular and cell biology, chemistry, and biophysics.

The book features question-driven vignettes and "back of the envelope" calculations that investigate some of the key numbers in cell biology. Readers will learn about the sizes, concentrations, rates, energies, and other numbers that describe and drive the living world.


"This unique book is all about numerical thinking in (cell) biology. In about 100 vignettes, each a few pages long, the authors address all kinds of questions from a quantitative perspective.Overall, this is an interesting and highly useful volume, which should sit on the shelf of anyone working in cell biology and related fields, as well as anyone who is just curious about (cell) biology from a quantitative perspective."

Andreas Handel, Epidemiology & Biostatistics,University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, Volume 92, Number 4 (December 2017) of The Quarterly Review of Biology

Table of Contents

The Path to Biological Numeracy

1. Size and Geometry

2. Concentrations and Absolute Numbers

3. Energies and Forces 

4. Rates and Duration

5. Information & Errors

6. A Quantitative Miscellany


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Cytology
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General