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Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, Fourth Edition [Hardcover]

David L. Nelson , Michael M. Cox
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April 23, 2004 0716743396 978-0716743392 4th
Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, Fourth Edition brings clarity and coherence to an often unwieldy discipline, while incorporating the field's most important recent developments and applications.


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  • Series: Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry
  • Hardcover: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 4th edition (April 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716743396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716743392
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 8.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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205 of 211 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing February 25, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Before I say anything about this book, I offer for your consideration the fact that I am not a student of biochemistry; I am a physics graduate student. My desire to learn about biochemistry had nothing to do with receiving any sort of degree. Then consider the fact that this is the only Amazon.com review I have ever written. These facts alone should tell you that I must have found this book pretty remarkable.

This text was required for all three of the biochemistry classes I took as an undergraduate student, and it never let me down. It contains a positively HUGE amount of information, which Nelson and Cox have somehow managed to digest and present for the layperson in a way that is both engaging and understandable. The writing style is superb, and the visual aids are numerous and of exceptionally high quality.

How many times while cramming for the next day's test at 3:00 am have you caught yourself reading material that isn't even covered on the exam, just because it's interesting? It happened to me. And while I will admit to having some pretty nerdy tendencies some times, I don't think I'm quite that abnormal.

Don't listen to the reviewers who say they wish this book went into more depth on some issues, because they should know better. I can assure you that there is no lack of depth here. This is an introductory text. You read it if you want an introduction. If the nitty-gritty were found in introductory texts, there would be no need for advanced texts, now would there?

Coming from a great lover of textbooks, I'll put it to you plainly and simply: Among my top 5 favorite textbooks, this is the only one that isn't about physics. If you are looking for an introductory biochemistry texbook, then I don't believe you can go wrong with this one.
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lehninger vs Voet April 15, 2006
Format:Hardcover
It is far too often that lecturers erroneously prescribe Voet for introductory biochemistry courses. This makes students suffer and dislike the subject; but truly, biochemistry is a remarkably interesting topic, provided one has the appropriate source of information.

I am a Chemistry major who suffered at the hands of my inarticulate lecturer and also the intially hated Voet& Voet Biochemistry. To recount my position, I had just finished introductory organic chemistry and went into biochemistry. For student such as myself, I found Voet not to have those transient features to fully make the migration from structural and mechanistic elucidations of organic chemistry to analysis of macromolecules and complex metabolic pathways.

The major flaw of Voet is in its first two parts, the final part is actually quite good, once you understand the basics. That was the problem! an introductory biochemistry course is supposed to teach you the basics with great emphasis placed on biopolymer structure (i.e. carbohydrates, complex fatty acid polymers (sterols and phospholipids) and finally proteins).

I didnt follow my lecturer's lectures as he was difficult to understand; he is often in the habit of reading exactly what was on the powerpoint presentations....no reiterations, no further explanations.

I was scared that I would not do well in the unit and so I purchased Lehninger. It was the greatest decision I had made in context of studying Biochemistry. The authors know very well the plight of students who have to contend with not only biochem but a multitude of other challenging units.

They have made this book lucid with detailed, "easy to understand" conversational explanations of various pertinent topics in biochemistry.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Layperson November 22, 2004
By quarmix
Format:Hardcover
I'm not a scientist or a student, just someone who was interested in biochemistry as I've been reading a lot about astrobiology and felt I needed a better background in this area. I found this book to be really quite wonderful - beautiful in fact! - with terrific diagrams (my favorite being the e. coli DNA which goes all around the text of the page) - and very well written. It has some incredible diagrams of the proteins involved in biochemistry. Also it has some interesting "asides" covering scientific discoveries or items of medical interest. The discussions of hemoglobin and vitamin B12 were particularly memorable.

Anyway, I can't stop talking about this book to people. I think biochemistry should be required in college for all students, it really makes you appreciate life in a different way than you did before.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book April 14, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Is there something about biochemistry, which one does not get in the other science (and engineering) fields? My first encounter with Lehninger was as an undergraduate student at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. Though I was majoring in Chemical Engineering, I followed four voluntary courses from the Biochemistry department. Lehninger (2nd edition) was a sine qua non text especially for its thorough, albeit introductory treatment of amino acids, peptides and proteins; carbohydrates; fatty acids and lipids; as well as nucleic acids. I also used it extensively for a course on Bioenergetics.

Years later, I am a graduate student in Chemical Engineering. Yet I chose to order this book to brush up and improve my knowledge of biochemistry. How often do you come in contact with terms such as genomics, proteomics, gene expression and recombinant DNA, wishing you fully knew what they meant? Well, that in part was what drove me to buy this book, coupled also with my desire to become involved in research that cuts across the life sciences and engineering sometime in the future.

This is a great book. It is very much an introductory text and provides a wealth of information on further texts where one can get hold of advanced information. The authors have done a wonderful job by writing an up-to-date text in which inspires one to learn and look for ways of applying what has been learned. I am not a scientist but an engineer and my field is one that relies on scientific breakthroughs to manufacture products, which make life more comfortable.

The frequent references to medical applications in the text are so beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE biochem text
I ended up buying this as a supplement to my assigned text. I just wish this was the one we were required to use!
Published 4 months ago by Joel Bonzo
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, Not the Greatest
There's a lot to like about this textbook. The level of detail is not overwhelming, it's not too long, and the explanations are mostly clear. Read more
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The did arrive on time and in good condition as advertized.

I like this book because it augments the lectures I receive in class and also enable me to do some homework... Read more
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The book is brand new. The only thing I didn't like is that the shipping took a bit too long. The option of 2 days shipping should have been provided. Read more
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I love this book. I have an earlier edition of this book that I got when taking undergraduate biochemistry in college. That was about a good decade ago. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Danielle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I bought this product to complement my biochemistry class. I really like the author explanations and the organization of the text, is great for beginners at biochemistry. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Served its purpose
shipped fast, good packaging, served its purpose in a class using newer edition. At a good price, what more could you ask for?
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I received my item in good time. Thank you for your prompt mailing and the book was in excellent condition. The accompanying DVD was also received intact and played well... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Carmita DePasquale
5.0 out of 5 stars it's really helpful for my course :)
i bought this so long ago and i loved it :). my instructor wasn't good in interpreting so i go back to the text and those graphs and definitions really helped. Read more
Published 18 months ago by shen zhang
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Diagrams and explanations are clear. I didn't attend the class, so I read this book and it really helped me learn concepts.
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