PerspectiveBook Review

Understandable Complexity

Science's STKE  06 Mar 2007:
Vol. 2007, Issue 376, pp. pe9
DOI: 10.1126/stke.3762007pe9

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Review and commentary on An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits, by Uri Alon (Chapman & Hall/CRC, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL, 2006), 301 pp., ISBN: 1-58488-642-0.

Abstract

The field of systems biology has received considerable attention lately, but it is not easy to define or to enter. The book An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits by Uri Alon greatly facilitates both. In particular, it combines fundamental concepts on biological networks with an introduction to their formal analysis, using a wide array of biological examples. The book’s intention is not to cover everything about systems biology—rather, it provides an original, pointed, and very intelligible essence of the field.

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