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Genetics is interesting, but this book makes me dread the subject.,
This review is from: iGenetics: A Mendelian Approach (Book & CD) (Hardcover)
The most useful features in this book are "analytical approaches to solving genetics problems" and "questions and problems" at the end of each chapter. Many of the pictures and diagrams are also nice.
However, the writing style tends to be rather dreary and over wordy, which is great for insomniacs, but horrible for those who actually want to learn something. Most of the material is presented in a manner best "learned" by memorization, rather than understanding. As seems to be typical of many biology texts, the "what" is emphasized over the "how" and "why". The sections that approach genetics from a molecular level tend to be better than the others, but the writing style is still too verbose.
Probabilities are treated in a fast and loose manner, but I am willing to concede that such use may be common among geneticists.
I also found several errors and typos in many of the chapters.
I tend to find genetics intrinsically interesting and this book could be worse, but if my only exposure to genetics were through this book, I would probably like the field about as much as I would like to work with potassium cyanide.
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Initial post: Jan 4, 2008 9:38:40 PM PST
M. Marth says:
good review. i agree that most bio books are presented this way its more of just facts insted of explaining how something works. I am about to take this class and am looking forward to seeing how the book can help me.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008 7:15:43 AM PST
A very good review! I think the reviewer is very accurate.
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