Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, Fourth Edition
This book is amazing, February 25, 2005
Before I say anything about this book, I offer for your consideration the fact that I am not a student of biochemistry; I am a physics graduate student. My desire to learn about biochemistry had nothing to do with receiving any sort of degree. Then consider the fact that this is the only Amazon.com review I have ever written. These facts alone should tell you that I must have found this book pretty remarkable.
This text was required for all three of the biochemistry classes I took as an undergraduate student, and it never let me down. It contains a positively HUGE amount of information, which Nelson and Cox have somehow managed to digest and present for the layperson in a way that is both engaging and understandable. The writing style is superb, and the visual aids are numerous and of exceptionally high quality.
How many times while cramming for the next day’s test at 3:00 am have you caught yourself reading material that isn’t even covered on the exam, just because it’s interesting? It happened to me. And while I will admit to having some pretty nerdy tendencies some times, I don’t think I’m quite that abnormal.
Don’t listen to the reviewers who say they wish this book went into more depth on some issues, because they should know better. I can assure you that there is no lack of depth here. This is an introductory text. You read it if you want an introduction. If the nitty-gritty were found in introductory texts, there would be no need for advanced texts, now would there?
Coming from a great lover of textbooks, I’ll put it to you plainly and simply: Among my top 5 favorite textbooks, this is the only one that isn’t about physics. If you are looking for an introductory biochemistry texbook, then I don’t believe you can go wrong with this one.