Philip Nelson

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Average rating: 3.92 · 71 ratings · 7 reviews · 4 distinct works
Biological Physics: Energy,...

3.92 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 2003 — 7 editions
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We are pleased to start off 2018 by announcing that the updated edition of A Student's Guide to Python for Physical Modeling is now available!

The Updated Edition

The hard copy edition is shipping and is available from Princeton University Press. You can expedite your order by calling the distributor directly at (800) 343-4499. (The ISBN is 9780691180571.) The Kindle edition is currently available...

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“At the dawn of the twentieth century, it was already clear that, chemically speaking, you and I are not much different from cans of soup. And yet we can do many complex and even fun things we do not usually see cans of soup doing.”
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“As an anonymous wit is supposed to have put it: "Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas which, given enough time, changes into people.”
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“In Leipzig [in the 14th century], the university found it necessary to promulgate a rule against throwing stones at the professors. As late as 1495, a German statute explicitly forbade anyone associated with the university from drenching freshmen with urine.”
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