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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Wspc (26 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814417254
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814417259
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,938,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a fascinating new book by Arieh Ben-Naim. I had not studied molecular biology before but this book does a good job of introducing the central ideas such as the Central Dogma to a wider audience than say the usual textbooks. The style is also quite informal and makes it easy to read and less in the form of a university textbook. I quite like the student and the professor being named and on good terms. It attempts to present the student experience as well as the academic aspects. The diagrams and pictures are also both helpful academically as well as relaxing the student with some added humour.

Do not however be mistaken in assuming the book is not academic in nature, it certainly is and would no doubt provide a good extra book to be read side by side with the standard texts in molecular biology. Some of the more difficult ideas present in the material are often presented in ways that simplify the concept, often through the use of a diagram. This is also a good idea.

All in all a good book to include in your library to be read alongside a standard text.
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HASH(0x85f32d8c) out of 5 stars An Easy-to-Read Book on Molecular Biology 6 Sept. 2013
By Liu Xiao - Published on
Format: Paperback
This interesting book introduces some recent research on the area of Molecular Biology. The authors successfully present these "advanced" topics in a very easy-to-read fashion. Basically I think anyone can understand this book without any difficulty --- no math or biology background is required. You ever heard about that the mater is composed by some small balls called molecules and atoms? OK, you can read this.

Although the book is written in an easy style, it really discusses serious and newest discoveries in Molecular Biology. This book starts with an introduction to the Central Dogma (the DNA/RNA/proteins and their relationship). Then it focuses mainly on answering the following three questions:

1) How the proteins fold quickly to their correct structures?
2) Why different proteins associate tightly?
3) How proteins "recognize" other proteins?

These are seemingly easy and basic questions. However, it turns out that people know the answers very recently. The first two questions are even listed by the Journal of Science as "unknowns of science" in 2005!

This books tells the readers that water plays an important role in the answers to all these questions. You can find how the water works by reading this book. After that, you may have new understandings of why water are so important to life.

I strongly recommend anyone who are interested in Molecular Biology to read this book. You'll have a pleasing reading experience, while learn new knowledge at the same time. After reading this book, perhaps you'll also appreciate natures's ingenious and human's wisdom as deeply as I did.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x85f32dec) out of 5 stars An inviting gate to biology 7 Jan. 2014
By zvi kirson - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Allice's advantures in Molecular Biology " by Professor Arie Ben Naim , is an excellent gate to the magic world of biology for the layman , the student and for every one who without prior training is eager to become acquainted with the most essential phenomena of life at the cell . It is more than just a pleasant and friendly introduction to molecular biology. I am involved in biological research and still had a new refreshing inspiring experience while reading "Allice's advantures" . Well known facts got a kind of a new meaning through the vivid picturesque description of Ben Arie . His writing is captivating, stimulates imagination and demonstrates that the beauty of nature can effortlessly be found at the foundations of life, which are too often obscure to the unprofessional . Had I mentioned that no previous study is needed?
In a narrative way we follow the advantures of Allice touring the incredible dance of the building elements and their relations that constitute the living cell . DNA . RNA, Proteins and more. Professor Ben Arie's book , written in an amusimg easily understandable style , fully overcomes the barrier that prevent the unprofessional from a smooth penetration into the secrets of biological world. Recommended to biology students. Beginners as well as advanced. And for their teachers too. Join the travels of Allice.

Zvi kirson, D.Sc.
Ministry of Health, Tel Aviv
HASH(0x85ec8240) out of 5 stars Alice’s adventures in Molecular Biology is a beautiful continuation of Alice’s adventures in waterland 27 Aug. 2015
By PhysChem - Published on
Format: Paperback
Alice’s adventures in Molecular Biology is a beautiful continuation of Alice’s adventures in waterland. I can only hope that many people read these books as early as possible in their life. They really have a chance to grasp the fascination of “simple” water and “complex” biology. This is a book that can be read by children (> 13) as it manages to make the complex simple, the hallmark of Ben Naim’s books. When his wife takes part, as in Alice’s books, we really get to feel the beauty, romance and poetry inherent in nature. This is also a book that can be read with gain by scientists. One focus is on the famous question of how a protein attains its three-dimensional structure, the protein folding problem. The author is a famous scientist who applied throughout his career theoretical and statistical physics to such questions. Even experienced scientists can get some valuable hints from this book or even a full blown change of perspective.
HASH(0x85ec860c) out of 5 stars It is a good way to start the young to read such serious ... 29 Sept. 2015
By Catherine Dimapilis - Published on
Format: Paperback
Another interesting book by Arieh Ben-Naim, “Alice’s Adventures in Molecular Biology” is a well-written book about a serious subject, but written in such an engrossing manner that is appealing to youngsters and adults alike. It is a good way to start the young to read such serious topics but minus the serious tone most scientific books have.
I particularly enjoyed the stories which I found entertaining.
The book is a perfect gift for the young, and those who are interested to know more about molecular biology.
Kudos to Arieh Ben-Naim for another good read.
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