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Essential Cell Biology [Hardcover]

Bruce Alberts , Dennis Bray , Karen Hopkin , Alexander D Johnson , Alexander Johnson , Julian Lewis , Martin Raff , Keith Roberts , Peter Walter
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March 27, 2009 0815341296 978-0815341291 3

Essential Cell Biology provides an accessible introduction to the fundamental concepts of cell biology. Its lively writing and exceptional illustrations make it the ideal textbook for a first course in cell and molecular biology. The text and figures are easy-to-follow, accurate, clear, and engaging for the introductory student. Molecular detail has been kept to a minimum in order to provide the reader with a cohesive, conceptual framework of the basic science that underlies our current understanding of biology.

The Third Edition is thoroughly updated scientifically, yet maintains the academic level and size of the previous edition. The book is accompanied by a Media DVD-ROM with over 130 animations and videos, all the figures from the book, and a new self-test quizzing feature for students.

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'College and university professors who have used the previous editions of ECB will be pleased with the new edition.  The format and organization are retained but have been infused with fresh images and updated material.  It’s as if a trusted old friend has come back from an extended vacation with a bright new look and a refreshed attitude.  The reader is at once comfortable with and excited by the changes. New users of the textbook will find it accessible and approachable at the professorial and student levels….I highly recommend it to all CBE-Life Sciences Education readers who are also classroom educators.'
CBE-Life Sciences Education, Fall 2009

'This attractive, accessible, visually oriented text covers the fundamentals of cell biology required to understand biomedical and broader issues that affect students' lives.'
SciTech Book News, August 2009

Praise of the Second Edition:

'This book fills a critical niche in the pedagogical process of introducing cell biology and does an excellent job in reaching its objective.'
The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 79

' excellent example of designing a textbook for undergraduates and non-biology majors. It is clear, well illustrated, conversational in tone and enjoyable to read and browse through.'

'The second edition retains all the beauty of the first, and it serves as an editorial model -- a guide that shows us how serious authors prepare a new version of a serious book. ...What makes for a great science education is not the amassing of facts but the understanding of concepts, processes and syntheses, and the realization that all our information about nature must be subject to testing and revision. That is the kind of educational experience that students can acquire from the second edition of Essential Cell Biology.'
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About the Author

Bruce Alberts received his PhD from Harvard University and is Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the editor-in-chief of Science magazine. For 12 years he served as President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1993-2005).

Dennis Bray received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently an active emeritus professor at University of Cambridge. In 2006 he was awarded the Microsoft European Science Award.

Karen Hopkin received her PhD in biochemistry from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is a science writer in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Alexander Johnson received his PhD from Harvard University and is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

Julian Lewis received his DPhil from the University of Oxford and is a Principal Scientist at the London Research Institute of Cancer Research UK.

Martin Raff received his MD from McGill University and is at the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology and Cell Biology Unit and in the Biology Department at University College London.

Keith Roberts received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and is Emeritus Fellow at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.

Peter Walter received his PhD from The Rockefeller University in New York and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Product Details

  • Series: Essential Cell Biology
  • Hardcover: 860 pages
  • Publisher: Garland Science; 3 edition (March 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815341296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815341291
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cell Biology's little brother May 18, 2010
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I was desperately looking for a textbook to cover the Biochemistry and Cell Biology for the GRE Subject Test i am preparing for.

Everyone was praising Alberts' Cell Biology but i found the information a bit advanced.
Cell Biology is a FANTASTIC textbook but it requires prior background on Cell Biology to fully appreciate it and i had none.

Then i found Essential Cell Biology. By the same author, it partners with others in bringing Cell Biology to a wider audience. Reading it is a breeze, it makes you wonder why Cell Biology is considered such a hard topic!
Explanations are straight forward and the movies that come with the DVD are a life saver.

You can easily read and assimilate 10 pages an hour and you don't even know when the time passes.
The only chapters that require more time are "How cells obtain energy from food" and "Electron transport in mitochondria". But this is because of the chemical reactions implied by processes such as citric acid and glycolysis.

Don't get fooled! Essential Cell Biology covers ALL chapters that his big brother Cell Biology includes. It only does it in a simpler and wiser manner.

If you want to get acquainted with Cell Biology this is the book for you!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good user friendly book!! September 29, 2009
By S. Noel
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Pro: This textbook is very user friendly and loaded with diagrams that visually demonstrate the highlights of each chapter.

Con: For an advanced level cell biology class this book does NOT provide detailed information. It is simply an overview of cellular biology.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite textbook this semester April 11, 2010
By kimH
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This is the best undergrad textbook I've ever read. It's a pleasure to read (and Cell Bio is not exactly my favorite course) and all of the sections I was assigned to read explained their topics very well. I don't think I will even sell it back to the bookstore when the semester is over. They also put all of the answers in the back of the book. Some textbooks don't, which I hate. The DVD that comes with the txtbk is OK. It has movie clips that are OK and end of chapter quizzes that are helpful for studying but you can't paste any of the info into a word processer to review later or incorporate into flash cards.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! July 30, 2011
By Kevin
Albert et al.'s Essential Cell Biology is simply the best textbook I've ever used! It brilliantly balances detail with big picture concepts, in a format and writing style that is highly readable without being condescending. Someone with little or no background in the sciences - as Isaac Asimov might have referred, "the intelligent layperson" - can gain a deep understanding of molecular cell biology upon completion of this book. The figures are crystal-clear, complementing and enhancing the pithy language of the text.

As a Ph.D. graduate student in neuroscience, I am grateful to have been exposed to Albert et al.'s superb introduction to this fundamental AND exploding field of science.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Book October 12, 2009
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This book is really nice. It is organized well and has panels which visually describe certain concepts. The figures, schematics, and photos are very colorful and presented in a very helpful manner that expounds on the written information. The CD that comes with it is also very helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! January 24, 2011
I've read quite a few biology textbooks so far, and this is the best book I have encountered. The language is clear and straightforward, the text is organized in a simple fashion, there are questions at the end of each chapter that inspires critical thinking about what was just read. Perhaps this is the nerd speaking, but I thought this was a fun book to read, I actually looked forward to opening its pages.
Also, I've noticed that textbooks in the past put pretty pictures on their pages, but their pictures had no reason to be on there. In this book, pictures and diagrams are just as primary as the actual text. If a concept is hard to understand, and with cellular biology there is usually some difficult topics, the diagrams help out. A++!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource January 6, 2011
By Mo
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I bought this book a year ago for my eukaryotic cell structure and function class and I have got to say, this is one of the best textbooks I have ever encountered. The descriptions are clear and concise and the book as a whole is INTERESTING! Which is saying something. I actually enjoyed reading this book.

The following semester I took Biochemistry and found myself referring back to this book before exams instead of my actual biochem book. The pictures are extremely helpful in helping you understand and remember what is really going on and the book itself is pleasant to look at.

I'm taking the MCAT this spring and I'm definitely going to be using this book as a study aid as it has proved itself to be a wonderful resource not only for microbiology but also biochemistry and genetics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cell Biology Textbook November 21, 2011
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What can I say? I needed this textbook for a class and it served me well. I especially liked the DVD that came with the book. It showed video clips that helped reinforce essential concepts and had quizzes for each chapter that helped me study for my quizzes in class.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good clean book
Although I knew biology was going to be a pain, this book helped a lot! It was a great book for a great price :) Thanks Amazon
Published 1 month ago by Pedro
5.0 out of 5 stars Cellular biology class
This is a the go-to source for everything about cell biology and cell biochemistry. This book is often used in college courses but it is written and illustrated in a manner that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by College Sweetie21
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
The book is written very well. I'd go to say one of the best written science textbooks I've had. I enjoy reading ahead and it isnt a chore.
Published 3 months ago by marc152
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Condition
I was a little bit skeptical about renting used books on amazon, but was really surprised by the pristine condition of this book. (No marks, highlighters, torn or worn out pages!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Yan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, got me through Cell Bio!
We used this book in my cell biology class. It is what got me through the class! Spent hours pouring over the book, especially the illustrations, they really help you visualize the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lilybet
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, bought it after my class ended.
Used this book for cell and molec and felt that it was easy to read an very informative. I purchased it so that I could refer to it later on.
Published 5 months ago by Dillon Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice gently used Book
The book was clean and with minimum wear and tear. The delivery was just in time for classes and I was very pleased with the content including the DVD that was helpful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kia Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
I didn't use this text book for my class as much as I should/would have to be honest, but whenever I did it helped me understand and learn.
Published 7 months ago by Ye Ji Fortin
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK.YOUNEEDIT.
I wait for the book for two weeks. The shipping took so long time. But it is very useful book and it is cheaper than my school's bookstore. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dongrui Luan
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book
the book comes with a DVD for more understanding. the book is very clear i definitely recommend it for class or just for learning on your own
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