From the reviews of the second edition:
"The Machinery of Life is a journey into the sub-microscopic world of molecular machines. Readers are introduced to the types of molecules within the cell, including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and polysaccharides. … The Machinery of Life is a pictorial overview of the molecules that orchestrate the processes of life. … The book provides a fascinating introduction to biochemistry and molecular biology for the non-specialists … . It is written in clear, jargon-free text that is accessible to the lay reader." (Medical News Today, May, 2009)
"This book is amazing. … this second edition is a major update. And what it conveys is the sheer unbelievable intricacy – and realness – of every cell in your body. David Goodsell … accomplishes this via amazing full-color illustrations, paintings based on computer animations created from microscope images. … It’s slim, readable and engaging, a nonfiction book that calls to you from the nightstand table. If you are even a little curious about how cells work, get your hands on The Machinery of Life." (Lisa Parsons, The Hippo, July, 2009)
"The Machinery of Life, which is a new edition of Goodsell’s 1993 book of the same name. … the author’s full-color illustrations are astonishing, forcing the reader to dwell for minutes on every picture. They are based on data from scientific papers, electron microscopy and information about molecular structures that were obtained by X-ray crystallography. … He does a good job. … Goodsell’s technique is remarkable. He uses a combination of hand-drawing and computer graphics illustration." (Weanée Kimblewood, Lab Times, Issue 5, September, 2009)
"Anyone who finds biology, especially modern biology at the molecular level, quite baffling and bristling with incomprehensible jargon – this could be the book for you! … David Goodsell is clearly a master of communication, conveying complex biological processes with great clarity. … An excellent gift, then, for anyone interested in learning about biology in an enjoyable way. A book bursting with colour and genuinely difficult to put down … ." (Michael Smith, Chemistry World, December, 2009)“In science, true understanding comes with the ability to visualize the system. For students of cell and molecular biology, this visualization often comes in the form of diagrams simplified in the name of clarity. … Using coordinates taken from the RCSB Protein Data Bank, Goodsell’s wonderfully drawn illustrations are true to the scale and shape of the real molecules. … This work will be enjoyed by all who are interested in the molecular processes … from new students to experienced scientists. Summing Up: Highly recommended.” (D. Carroll, Choice, Vol. 47 (4), December, 2009) “This well-written, beautifully illustrated volume serves as an introduction to the molecules that compose cells and viruses. The book is written at a very accessible level and is appropriate for nonspecialists and students beginning their study in biology. … experienced biologists will appreciate the lucid treatment of complex concepts, particularly the idea of molecular crowding in cells. … In summary, the easy-to-read narrative and beautiful illustrations of The Machinery of Life make this volume worthwhile to recommend to both nonspecialists as well as practicing biologists.” (A. James Link, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 85 (1), March, 2010)
Overall, this is a great book for introductory cell biology.
I must say this book did a very good job of explaining the components of our body in great depth with very effective use of pictures and images.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and can definitely see myself reading through it a few more times.
The book is beautifully illustrated and is a perfect introduction to molecular biology for the lay person. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Diane Holder
This is a really nice basic introduction to cellular biology. It should be in every library and be available in biology classrooms. Read morePublished 21 days ago by The Professor
Muy didactico y concreto,ideal para los primeros años de biologia.Published 2 months ago by Julio Riveron
I have two version of this. An older softcover and the electronic version. The book shows how the cell is made from it's constituent parts, the molecules, and it shows how the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Calvin Tolman
You don't have to be a microbiology major to enjoy this fascinating look at the inner life of cells. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura
This book does an excellent job of explaining how life works at the molecular level. I'm an "armchair" scientist at best, but found this book to be engaging and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shannon
wonderfull wonderfulll just wonderfull if you have a head for genetics everything easily understood wow! do buy if you really want to know all you need to know and morePublished 5 months ago by B. Bagnall
Great book written by David S. Goodsell, one of the scientists at the San Diego Scripps Institute. The book explains in layman's terms many interesting aspects of biology and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Augelli
This book should be part of everyone's basic education. It helped me visualise these things like nothing before. Please tell me when the animated version is out on DVD.Published 6 months ago by Richard Anthony Cowper