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Biochemistry (Biochemistry (Berg)) [Hardcover]

Jeremy M. Berg , John L. Tymoczko , Lubert Stryer
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May 19, 2006 0716787245 978-0716787242 Sixth Edition
In the new edition of Biochemistry, instructors will see the all the hallmark features that made this a consistent bestseller for the undergraduate biochemistry course: exceptional clarity and concision, a more biological focus, cutting-edge content, and an elegant, uncluttered design.  Accomplished in both the classroom and the laboratory, coauthors Jeremy Berg and John Tymoczko draw on the field's dynamic research to illustrate its fundamental ideas.

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  • Series: Biochemistry (Berg)
  • Hardcover: 1026 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; Sixth Edition edition (May 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716787245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716787242
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stodgy, pedantic October 30, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst than 6th edition 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst textbook ever! March 12, 2014
By Cat B.
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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good. October 29, 2006
By J. Lee
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanations and diagrams July 6, 2013
By yogi
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Introductory Biochemistry Course January 7, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I am an undergraduate student and this is the textbook we are currently using for Biochemistry 1 & 2 Class. It is a really good book, with an extensive amount of in-depth text in order to understand the material being presented...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, Well Organized December 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Biochemistry is a great book for the Medical Student or anyone else who has an interest in this topic. From Amino Acids to Protiens, and Carbohydrates to DNA, this book covers it all. It is easy to read and very well written. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for teaching and studying for students, great value.
Published 10 days ago by Reviewer
2.0 out of 5 stars Verbose
This book takes the fascinating subject of biochemistry and conveys it as extremely dull and uninteresting. The book is very dry and VERY wordy. Read more
Published 10 days ago by T. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic book, old version.
Published 10 days ago by William Mather
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on the class
This book is probably at graduate or medical school level. It was way too advanced for my Intro Biochem (BI 230) course, although I'm not complaining because the book was helpful... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Alex
2.0 out of 5 stars A poorly done textbook
The PhD's that wrote this book didn't explain hardly what anything meant. Most concepts are difficult to grasp and answered by google. Read more
Published 22 days ago by 3012301bout3minutes
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid book
Solid book. I spent 2 semesters in biochemistry, and I read almost half the book. Very few errors. Good illustrations.
Published 2 months ago by Eric J. Lam
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
This book is very good and useful. It is a little worned and old but still does the job. No torn or ripped pages.
Published 5 months ago by Lakeshia mallard
5.0 out of 5 stars The quality is perfect. Not so much notation.
The quality is perfect. Not so much notation. This is the best book I have bought. I will buy again if necessary from this store.
Published 5 months ago by Yichao Yang
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS 6th EDITION
It is unclear, but this is 6th Edition, not the newest 7th edition. Do not be fooled. It is very misleading.
Published 5 months ago by C R
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since the book was unavailable near the start of term, some of my classmates got by with the 6th edition. I have the 7th edition and compared to the 6th edition the material seems almost identical (in fact I'm not even sure what the changes are apart from perhaps the cover, some extra pictures,... Read More
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