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Essential Cell Biology (2nd Ed) by B. Alberts et al

 Essential Cell Biology, Second Edition 



  • Bruce Alberts
  • Alexander Johnson
  • Julian Lewis
  • Martin Raff
  • Dennis Bray
  • Karen Hopkin
  • Keith Roberts
  • Peter Walter


  • Hardcover: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Garland Science/Taylor & Francis Group; 2 edition (September 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 081533480X
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.59 pounds


Book Description 

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. 

Book Info

Univ. of California, San Francisco. Textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and provides a straightforward explanation of the workings of a living cell. Focuses on the way in which the molecules of a cell cooperate to create a system that feeds, moves, grows, divides, and responds to stimuli. Abundant color and halftone illustrations. Previous edition: c1998.



A gem of a book. It puts at the hands of lay people the wonders of molecular biology. The best way of spending $65 I can think of.

The text is a most refined product distilled by an all-star team of leading scientists. Oriented towards the lay person or the would be specialist, it is simple, unpretentious, sometimes even funny, but always powerfully explanatory. The diagrams are exceptionally clear (a must for explaining such complex subjects) and the photographs are astounding. Love for their subject and passion for teaching are present all along. And mysticism is always around the corner…

If you have ever wondered things like "What are exactly chromosomes?", "How do exactly enzymes work in the cell?", or "How the hell does all this machinery work at a purely chemical level ?" and you are not quite satisfied with popular science books, this one is for you. It will answer these questions and much, much more.

An enjoyable, deeply satisfying tour the force through the molecular level of all living organisms.

Don’t miss it!