Synopses & Reviews
Thorough and accessible, this book presents the design principles of biological systems, and highlights the recurring circuit elements that make up biological networks. It provides a simple mathematical framework which can be used to understand and even design biological circuits. The textavoids specialist terms, focusing instead on several well-studied biological systems that concisely demonstrate key principles.
An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits builds a solid foundation for the intuitive understanding of general principles. It encourages the reader to ask "why" a system is designed in a particular way and then proceeds to answer with simplified models.
This book presents recently discovered design principles that govern the structure and behavior of biological networks such as gene circuits, highlighting simple, recurring circuit elements that make up the network. It provides a quantitative theory for which circuits are found in a given environment and a mathematical framework for understanding and even designing biological circuits. The book requires only basic mathematics and includes a review of the necessary background material. It fills a significant need for a textbook and introduction to the concepts, principles, and mathematical tools that will form the basis of future developments in the field.