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Essential Cell Biology [Hardcover]

Bruce Alberts , Dennis Bray , Karen Hopkin , Alexander Johnson , Julian Lewis , Martin Raff , Keith Roberts , Peter Walter
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18 Nov 2003 081533480X 978-0815334804 2

Essential Cell Biology, Second Edition contains basic, core knowledge about how cells work. It has a proven track record in providing students with a conceptual and accessible grounding in cell biology. The text and figures have been prepared to be easy-to-follow, accurate, clear and engaging for the introductory student. Each section follows logically from the previous one, telling a story, rather than being a collection of facts. Questions integrated throughout each chapter encourage the reader to pause, think about what they have read, and attempt to apply the new knowledge in ways that test their understanding. Based on user feedback, the Second Edition now offers increased coverage of genetics and more experimental background. It is completely up-to-date.

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  • Hardcover: 860 pages
  • Publisher: Garland Science; 2 edition (18 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081533480X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815334804
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 21.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.."."an excellent example of designing a textbook for undergraduates and non-biology majors. It is clear, well illustrated, conversational in tone and enjoyable to read and browse through..."."-E-Streams, October 2004 "The second edition retains all the beauty of the first, and it serves as an editorial model -- a guide that shows us how serious authors prepare a new version of a serious book. ...What makes for a great science education is not the amassing of facts but the understanding of concepts, processes and syntheses, and the realization that all our information about nature must be subject to testing and revision. That is the kind of educational experience that students can acquire from the second edition of Essential Cell Biology." ."-The Textbook Letter, Volume 12, Number 2, 2005

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This package includes transparencies for overheads. --This text refers to the Loose Leaf edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and concise 24 April 2007
As an A level Biology teacher I bought this book to better teach the subject. It is very easy to read and the diagrams are very clear. It covers material in more detail than required for an A level student but would prove ideal for a first year biology or biochemistry course or any A level Biology teacher.

It does what it says in the title covering most aspects of cell physiology, I particularly liked its clear treatment of DNA replication and basic biochemistry. The book comes with a CD Rom containing stills and short animations some of which are superb teaching material, I particularly enjoyed the ATPase movie. On the downside some of the CD Rom files seemed empty of content but that is my only gripe, overall a great book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent text! 22 Jan 2008
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I found this text brilliant for a module in my second year of a Biology degree; the information is concise and to the point, the multimedia disk is brilliant and the questions helped to prepare me for my exams and had me thinking more outside the box. There are many wonderful diagrams, but the CD reminds a student that cells are 3D, dynamic entities and not flat and lifeless on a page.

A wonderful resource!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I've had this book for a while now, and although I do agree that the content of this book is a tad basic for the first year Medical Student. It helped me no-end during my basic medical sciences prior to Medicine.. The Book is really suitable for those studying first year General Biology, where the course objective is to gain a broad and semi-simple knowledge of Cellular Biology. I do recommend this book for those first year students who would like to do some additional reading on Cellular Biology. It's detail although basic does indeed enhance the understanding of concepts later taught and decribed in lectures and seminars.
Conclusion: Well thought out book suitable for first year General Biology students, where painfully intimate knowledge of Molecular & Cell Biology is not required.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great text for the curious 28 Jan 2009
I am scientifically literate, but I did not know much of what went on inside cells.

I found this book to be clear, with plenty of examples and thought provoking questions. Also, its subject matter is just fascinating!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 27 Dec 2012
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As a required textbook for my course, I can't fault this book packed full of information and a steal for the price I paid for it. This edition is still useful, despite there being to new editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was nice reading some Biology again 15 April 2012
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I bought this book because I found a cheap one in the marketplace. I wouldn't have bought this brand new because I only needed it for a sub-module on my degree and it wouldn't be worth it.

The books contents are fantastic. Everything that I needed was in here (more to do with the course design though I'd imagine) but if I had this book at A-Level I think I would have been just as impressed. The information was both in-depth, well explained and well organised with all diagrams in easy to find locations.

I honestly wouldn't have found that course as nice to do if it wasn't for this book. This is the first edition but it is pretty much the same as the newest edition.

Can't say much about the CD in the back though from what I could see it was a gallery of images and 3D molecules but this being Biology it wasn't really much use for the actual science but if you are interested in that sort of thing then it would be a nice rest activity between revision times or something?

I recommend this book, I was surprised and pleasantly so. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars (Truly) Essential Cell Biology 19 Jun 2011
This is a really well explained, very good book with excellent comprehensive diagrams - my son (doing 1st year Chemistry at Uni) only wishes he'd bought it sooner.
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