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A Computer Scientist's Guide to Cell Biology Paperback – July 19, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0387482750 ISBN-10: 038748275X Edition: 2007th

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"This concise book is an excellent introduction for computer scientists to the exciting revolution under way in molecular biology. It provides lucid, high-level descriptions of the fundamental molecular mechanisms of life, and discusses the computational principles involved. I wish this little gem was available when I was 'learning the ropes' -- it would have been my first choice of reading material."

--Roni Rosenfeld, Carnegie Mellon University

"Cell biology is certainly a new and exciting area. This nice, compact, and enthusiastically written book covers a huge amount of material. The author describes biological systems, experimental methods, and the language of cell biology. … Summing up, this book (with its excellent index) can be used as one of the first steps in obtaining a reading knowledge of biology -- though cautiously." (H. I. Kilov, Computing Reviews, December, 2007)

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This practical guide provides a succinct treatment of the general concepts of cell biology, furnishing the computer scientist with the tools necessary to read and understand current literature in the field.

The book explores three different facets of biology: biological systems, experimental methods, and language and nomenclature. After a brief introduction to cell biology, the text focuses on the principles behind the most-widely used experimental procedures and mechanisms, relating them to well-understood concepts in computer science.

The presentation of the material has been prepared for the reader’s quick grasp of the topic: comments on nomenclature and background notes can be ascertained at a glance, and essential vocabulary is boldfaced throughout the text for easy identification.

Computer science researchers, professionals and computer science students will find this an incomparable resource and an excellent starting point for a more comprehensive examination of cell biology.

"This concise book is an excellent introduction for computer scientists to the exciting revolution under way in molecular biology. It provides lucid, high-level descriptions of the fundamental molecular mechanisms of life, and discusses the computational principles involved. I wish this little gem was available when I was ‘learning the ropes’– it would have been my first choice of reading material."

--Roni Rosenfeld, Carnegie Mellon University

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2007 edition (July 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038748275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387482750
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,229,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 9, 2011
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Loved this book. There is no nonsense, no beating around the bush, no lengthy introductions, and in less than a 100 pages, the author manages to give the reader the confidence to delve deeper into this rich field.
Highly recommended to all non-biologists.
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I recently started setting up a software pipeline to process bioinformatics data and this has been a tremendous help in trying to understand what those biologists are talking about.
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