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Biochemistry, 6th Edition Hardcover – May 19, 2006

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ISBN-13: 978-0716787242 ISBN-10: 0716787245 Edition: 6th

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  • 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 (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kwon234ioud on March 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There are a lot of blatant errors with the seventh edition. I spent 20 minutes trying to figure out why equilibrium constant didn't match the answer given a specific free energy value. Comparing it to the sixth edition revealed that they forgot to add a constant in their equation. I wonder why this book has more errors and mistakes since its supposed to be an "updated" version.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By developer1 on October 30, 2008
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I'm halfway through a biochemistry course using this book (Edition 6).

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin Young on December 28, 2012
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This is one of my favorite textbooks I have ever purchased. Beautiful binding, illustrations, and organized content. Excellent source for biochemical questions and absolutely packed full of information.

(This wasn't even a required course for me, but the book is amazing regardless.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yogi on July 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I used this book in my introductory biochemistry course. It was refreshingly well-written and up-to-date. In addition, the diagrams (mostly color) were clear and very helpful.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on October 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am currently enrolled in an undergraduate biochemistry course and have been for about two months. So far (the first 15 chapters), I am very pleased with the textbook. Most explanations are clear, and the illustrations are usually helpful. Also, there are asides that link concepts to real world applications that are interesting. But, I wish the protein chapters included a more comprehensive coverage of motifs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anjie on December 22, 2011
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The book wasn't described in detail on how it/the pages looked at all, but I honestly didn't care what it looked like, so long as it was for a cheap price. I got this book for a steal (20 $, free 2-day shipping). My class asked for the 7th edition, but I did my research: this book is exactly the same as the newer edition that came out in 2010, and I was not about ready to pay ~$150.00 for a book I'll be using for 16 weeks. The person who had this book before me didn't know how to use a highlighter all too well, because every other sentence is highlighted in that neon yellow color, but if I "read my way around it," it's not a bad book at all. I'm a little nervous for this course. I'm very interested in biochemistry and organic chemistry, but a person doesn't know how much information one needs to know until you actually take the class. I've gotten A's in both courses of organic. We'll see how this amazing class goes, with this spectacular book, of course!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cat B. on March 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
i thought this textbook was the most unhelpful . The calculations are not very clear, the pages were too wordy with little diagrams to the side of the pages. this textbook didnt really emphasize on anything important, and it was written very poorly and there were repeated sentences. There were lot of missing info and sections that were not included in this text which should have. I have read way better textbooks than this!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Biochem_Student on September 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is the textbook I had to buy for my Biochemistry class. I find myself relying more on the book to learn concepts which the professor introduced during lecture. This book is highly detailed in terms of definition and examples, although sometimes it may get too detailed. Those extra details sometimes aren't worth studying for because they will not likely be on the midterms or the final exams.
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