Experimental Design for the Life Sciences Paperback – 6 Feb 2003
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...an invaluable introduction to statistical analysis of data....I would recommend this text to those embarking on PhD studies as it emphasises the need for planning before an experiment is performed.. Biologist (2004) 51 (3)
... this would be a good book with which to coax mathophobic students into good habits. This book is equation free and takes a very, very gentle approach. (TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution)
They approach each topic logically, and with excellent examples and case studies ... An important aspect of this book is the inclusion of key definitions ... I enjoyed reading this book, appreciated the unique approach, and have recommended it to my students as supplementary reading. Experimental Design for the Life Sciences has found a permanent place in my library of experimental design material. (BioScience)
It may well prove to be the most useful textbook in biology for years. (Trond Amundsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
It's this determination to make this vital topic available to all that sets this book apart. This, along with the simplicity of the structure and the very reasonable price means that this should be seen as a vital must-by in this topic area. (TEG NEWS)
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It's easy to read, and can be read at leisure (I find it hard to concentrate on some text books). Its quite small, making it attainable to read the whole book, and it will improve the way you approach experimental design.
I'm a PhD student, so have designed a few experiments in the past. This book really pin points what you should be thinking about and why in a clear concise way. Its good at emphasising why you should take time to do certain things, and also what you should do if those things just aren't feasible. It also gives examples to illustrate points.
Is it essential? Probably not. I'm sure most people in science are aware of the key concepts, but this book reminds you of them, which is important.
Is it helpful? Definitely. It helps focus all the things you know about, but don't quite have a full grasp on.
Will it help you design better experiments? I'd say yes, and if, for whatever reason, you can't follow its advice, it will prepare you for the types of criticism you will face.
Who is it best suited for? I'd say people doing a life science degree, master's course or beginning a PhD could benefit from this book.
Considering the topic, I was expecting something much drier- and indeed I have attempted to read much drier books on similar topics. It reads a bit like a philosophical book as well- analysing the logical thought process behind the conception and design of an experiment.
I would recommend this book to anyone, to expand your general knowledge and thinking on all things science, and properly appreciate the effort as well as the limitations behind designing an experiment.
I read it straight through as I wanted an overview of the subject to prepare for a course but you could dip in and out easily; it's very well laid out, with clear headings, subheadings, examples and boxed definitions in the margins.
If you're at all awed by the topic of experimental design this book will cut it down to size for you.
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Used this book for a module at university and it was very useful.Published 4 months ago by BzzAgent - SL
A must for those dealing with data from biological systems. Etc., etc., etc., etc.,etc., etc. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and so forth.Published on 9 Jun. 2013 by Clive 'Badger' Budden
a short and basic introduction to experimental design. it does not talk about cross-sectional/longitudinal studies and other speciifc issues but it gives a good reference listPublished on 17 April 2013 by Gigi
I like this book because unlike others it does not focus on the statistics of experimental design,
instead its easy to read and understand.
This is an outstanding book on experimental design. You won't get a better written book by clever and user-friendly authors. Fab!Published on 8 July 2011 by Mark
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