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My favorite undergrad physical biochem textbook
on December 14, 2006
Don't be misled by the title. This book isn't just a physical chemistry textbook "dumbed down" for biologists and biochemists. It's true that the material is introductory, but the authors don't shy away from the fundamental mathematics and their explanations of the underlying physical and thermodynamic concepts are exceptionally clear.
Further, the text moves beyond thermodynamics and kinetics (standard fare in intro p-chem) to introduce simple quantum chemistry, spectrometric theory, and approaches to biological structure determination (NMR and x-ray crystallography).
This book proved invaluable in my p-chem courses and in later structural biology courses.
Highly recommended for confused undergrads.