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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This book presents a full spectrum of views on current approaches to modeling
cell mechanics. The authors of this book come from the biophysics,
bioengineering, and physical chemistry communities and each joins the
discussion with a unique perspective on biological systems. Consequently, the
approaches range from finite element methods commonly used in continuum
mechanics to models of the cytoskeleton as a cross-linked polymer network to
models of glassy materials and gels. Studies reflect both the static,
instantaneous nature of the structure, as well as its dynamic nature due to
polymerization and the full array of biological processes. While it is unlikely
that a single unifying approach will evolve from this diversity, it is our hope
that a better appreciation of the various perspectives will lead to a highly
coordinated approach to exploring the essential problems and better discussions
among investigators with differing views.