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4.2 out of 5 stars

on September 26, 2015
This book is kind of like the biological reaction version of the book Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering by Scott Fogler, which covers non-biological reactions. This book coaches you through the mathematics governing biochemical reactions, which tend to be a little different than normal chemical reactions because they follow the Michaelis-Menten relationship. It also explains how to solve the governing equations graphically, which is a great quick and dirty, old school technique that still works well.

**Quality of the book itself and the writing**
This book is well-written and edited. The formulas are clearly presented. The figures are depicted in B&W, but they are in good resolution, clarity, and design. There are no bad surprises here. Like with most chemical engineering textbooks, there are tons of complicated variables being used in the equations, but there is a nice nomenclature list at the end of each chapter with the definition and units for each variable. The paper that this book is printed on is coarser than the paper of the Fogler book. The graphics in this book do look old school (remember, 1997), but they are still of higher quality than the graphics in the Fogler book, which were unprofessionally grainy at times.

**Other comments/Conclusion**
The one disadvantage of this book that jumps out at me is that it was published in 1997. The field of biology has been moving very fast, and a lot has happened since 1997. I can't help but wonder how the field has advanced since then, but it looks like there isn't a new edition of this book yet available, which is a pity. For this reason alone, it might make sense to get a newer book about this topic from another author if a new edition of this one continues to be unavailable.
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on August 25, 2005
I used this book for a Biochemical Engineering course in the Chemical Engineering department. The book covers a wide range of topics in the field, including a section at the end dealing with an economic analysis of various processes which I found quite useful. What the book is really lacking are worked out example problems - there are very few throughout. Also I would have liked solutions to the problems at the end of each chapter. Some of the coverage is very thin on a few topics, sometimes leaving derivations or other formulas unexplained, so I had to rely on the lectures to cover the topics more in depth.
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on June 29, 2017
Outdated but great content and sample problems.
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on October 9, 2011
Old, but very informative book with lots of info. Using if for Bioengineering. Does not include much mathematical background material.
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