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Principles of Development Hardcover – December 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199554287 ISBN-10: 0199554285 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199554285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199554287
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This new edition is a significant and positive step in presenting a complex field of study to undergraduate students."--Craig M. Scott, Clarion University


"I like the boxes in each chapter. Experimental technique boxes work well when the reader just wants to look up a technique. Boxes are also a good way to highlight concepts, or to go into detail on subjects that may or may not be covered in lectures."--Deborah Garrity, Colorado State University


"Very clear writing style that the students will appreciate, and very clear figures."--Margaret Saha, College of William and Mary


About the Author

Lewis Wolpert is Emeritus Professor of Biology at University College London. Cheryll Tickle is Foulerton Royal Society Professor at the University of Bath.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Schmoo on December 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I used Wolpert's text for an undergrad developmental course. Given that the test assumes previous coursework in genetics/biochemistry, the content of the book could've been more in depth, especially in the chapters on vertebrates. Sometimes extra detail makes the big picture easier to understand; this book leaves a little too much to mystery and results in a confused reader. The glossary and index leave much to be desired. On a more positive note, the illustrations and photographs are as good as you'll find in any textbook. However, I suggest Gilbert's text.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "avemur1" on September 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am currently using this text for my 300 level developmental biology class. You know the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words", well, this book is a thousand words without the pictures. It is very cumbersome to read. You know there is a problem when a book makes more sense when read in reverse. I am being very serious. FOr example, the author will be overly vague in introducing a topic, but still use specific terms without any prior introdution. Vital details necessary to understanding the text are given when needed. Throughout, terms are used before definitions are given, which makes the reader go nuts trying to figure out the meanings of more than half of the sentences.
Seriously, i do not understand the "excellent" reviews that others have given it.
I think it may be true that this book is VERY Comprehensive, but as far as clarity, theres none for students trying to understand the basics and a little more. If you are a professor, and know the material, then this book is probably a pleasure to read.
If you are like me, and just want to have a thorough understanding of the basics of developement, it would be in your best interest to look elsewhere.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "ananja" on January 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Wolpert's developmental biology textbook is evidently an excellent text in its field. The authors are all well recognized in thier research areas. The organization of the text is also very well written. The summary of the concept presented at the end of each chapter is helpful. The figures presented througout the text are clear and the language used to explain them is simple but very understandable. Compared with the well-known Gilbert's text, this text may be less in dept but you can get the concept from this book for only half of the time reading Gilbert's. It is a nice book to have both for the new beginner in the field and for just a quick reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on March 6, 2010
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This book switches back and forth between model organisms too much; it would be better if there were a chapter on each of the 4 major model organisms and subsections about each stage of development.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell C. Harris on August 16, 2010
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I'm using this book for a development class at UC Irvine and it is truly dreadful to read. I'm a straight A student and I'm really struggling to find any meaning in this book. The information is all there but it's jumbled up and seemingly contradictory to the point that it's almost useless. I gave up reading the book... I'm just using the lecture slides. Don't waste your money... the book won't help you for your class.
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This textbook is very well written, and it provides excellent displays to explain confusing concepts. The fact that it is also on the Kindle as an ebook makes having this textbook even better. It's very easy to throw my Kindle in my backpack, and take it out to read the textbook if I have extra time before class or what not. Don't be discouraged by the long chapters. The author has provided summaries of certain sections within the book which make great stopping points between chapters.
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By Nikky on February 14, 2013
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Very well written. Its actually interesting to read!
I am a bio major and i have to read a lot of these type of textbooks, this one is surely among the least boring and most to the point
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By Sam on January 21, 2013
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I recommend this book for those who are seeking an easy yet deep understanding of the developmental biology. The author is a good writer.
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