Modeling from the Biological Physicists’ perspective

“The first step is to look around at the rich fabric of thBook: biological physicse phenomena around us. Next, we selectively ignore nearly everything about these phenomena, snipping the fabric down to just a few threads. This process involves (a) selecting a simplified but real model system for detailed study and (b) representing the simple system by an equally simple mathematical model, with as few independent constructs and relations as possible. […] The last step is to (c) deduce from the mathematical model some nonobvious quantitative, and experimentally testable predictions. If a model makes many such successful predictions, we gain conviction that we have found the few key ingredients in our simplifying steps (a) and (b).” Philip Nelson, p. 16-17 (2004).