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Biochemistry, 6th Edition 6th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0716787242
ISBN-10: 0716787245
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Product Details

  • 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'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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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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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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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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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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By J. Lee on October 29, 2006
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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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Pretty good book considering the amount of information it has to cover. It does not have a glossary, and it does not bolden key words (it does italicize them though). This can be a pain. I've read better Chem books that break the material down in a more reader-friendly way. For example, it does not do a terrific job in tying in glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation together. The different photos cover specific topics in good detail though. I have this book on kindle. It has been great in e-form. I don't recommend this book in paper unless you have difficulty with e-readers and are willing to pay extra.
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This is a dry and elementary book. I've taken Biochemistry at two different schools; a State School in Missouri (Goooooo Tigers!) during my undergraduate, and "Jesuit Harvard," during my Graduate studies. My undergrad used Lehninger-- a textbook that will live in dry-and-prolix infamy. However, when it came time to take Biochem at the Graduate level, our Professor prescribed this book. And let me tell you-- it is childish compared to Lehninger. If you want to know the real answer and hate yourself for it, get Lehninger. If you want "Diet Biochemistry," get this one.
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