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The Machinery of Life Paperback – December 19, 1997

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ISBN-13: 978-0387982731 ISBN-10: 0387982736 Edition: 1st ed. 1993. 2nd printing

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The cell is the basic unit of life, but most of us have at best a fuzzy, low-power idea of how cells are put together and what they look like. "The microscopic world of molecules is separated from our everyday world by an insurmountable, million-fold difference in size," says David Goodsell. "I created the illustrations in this book to help bridge this gulf and allow us to look at the molecular structure of cells, if not directly, then in an artistic rendition." Goodsell has succeeded remarkably. His pictures, mostly line drawings, show the structures of crucial biochemicals and the boggling intricacy of their arrangement in living cells. "A few minutes' study may be needed to overcome the feeling of claustrophobia," said Nature, "but will reward the reader with a lasting impression of the density and complexity of this soup of life." --Mary Ellen Curtin

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"the drawings are among the most instructive one can find in structural biology, and the mechanisms of life are elegantly explained ... The genius of the book is in its simplicity ... a fresh and engaging book..." Nature "an impressive and original book...Elaborate and fascinating drawings present crowded sections of living cells..." Scientific American
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 1993. 2nd printing edition (December 19, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387982736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387982731
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
A beautiful introduction to the cell. Couldn't put it down. Goodsell has a rare combination of beautiful illustrations and lucid, and concise text. Only complaint is that I wish that the publisher had spent the money to put all of the images in color. Goodsell's watercolors are even better and would have been worth the printing price.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Christine on December 24, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is really excellent in illustrating cellular biochemical processes; however, the illustrations in the Kindle edition of the book are in black and white and lose most of the information that was painstakingly designed with color. If you want an eBook version look elsewhere.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Erik L. Snapp on June 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Goodsell has written a deceptively simple book. The illustrations should be incorporated into undergraduate and graduate level cell biology and biochemistry classes. Goodsell's point is that the environment of the cell is not that of a test tube. The environment is densely packed with proteins and organelles that will concentrate effective concentrations of reaction constituents and potentially restrict the mobility of larger proteins and organelles. Goodsell illustrates the point that size does matter.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Glazer on November 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is another book that, only a few chapters in, I decided was just awesome. After going through several library books trying to teach myself biology (actually, biochemistry, but I did not know that) I came across this one pretty much by accident. It has many great, great simple, simple explanations that yet still provide a road for insight into the most basic functions of life and the cell.
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