- Hardcover: 1026 pages
- Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 6th edition (May 19, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0716787245
- ISBN-13: 978-0716787242
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.6 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I care about textbooks. Some really go the extra mile to make concepts accessible and memorable. Not this book.
Berg et al are the opposite of exciting. They fail to provide emphasis and perspective that would help concepts stick. Read Richard Feynman's Physics series to see what exciting teaching is all about. He understands what is amazing and what deserves special treatment, use of analogies, etc.
Berg et al use a very stodgy dry style, I think in an effort to avoid saying anything wrong, which is admirable. Feynman on the other hand is not afraid to make lively oversimplifications, and warns you he is, in order to get the basic concept across. Then he slowly develops the concept to a more sophisticated level, sometimes leaving the original model behind, but that's OK because you take an intuitive path similar to the original scientists discovering the concepts.
Berg et al on the other hand insist on a kind of "top-down" approach where often a subject is introduced with sentences thick with generalizations that make no sense (or only vague sense) until more specific examples or detail is developed later. A little top-down is ok if it is simple and gives you a roadmap. Berg et al do it heavy-handedly, often using terms which have not been defined, leaving you to thumb wildly through previous chapters wondering if you missed something.
Top-down explanations are very appealing to writers who already know the material thoroughly. A best-kept-secret of teaching though is that bottom-up explanations (start with building blocks and work up to complex concepts) is really how powerful learning takes place.Read more ›
(This wasn't even a required course for me, but the book is amazing regardless.)
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ridiculously fast shipping, and the textbook is pretty good too. Not as much detail as my homework is asking for but whatever. That's the professor, not the book :)Published 3 days ago by Amber
Most biochem teachers don't like textbooks; they usually prefer to write or use their own material. But it seems a large majority of biochem teachers can agree this one is possibly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffery
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Really helped me understand core concepts. It read like a nonfiction book. Sometimes I wish it listed important concepts rather than putting them into context. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David T.
This book is the best biochem book any students can ask for. I used it in undergrad and it save my life once again in graduate schoolPublished 2 months ago by cynthiatchio