- Series: Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry
- Hardcover: 1100 pages
- Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 4th edition (April 23, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0716743396
- ISBN-13: 978-0716743392
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.7 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The problems with this book are in organization. There is no subsection numbering, as if all subsections are of equal importance. But they aren't – there is almost always a hierarchy of relationships, which these authors ignore, and this makes the chapters much harder to understand. Topics are sometimes presented out of order; for example, the authors present an overall table of transporter classifications, but describe the various transporters in a confusingly random order. Subsections and paragraphs are sometimes poorly organized, so that instead of “A leads to B leads to C leads to D leads to conclusion,” you find “A, C, conclusion, B, D.” The “Boxes” which provide supplementary material are especially poor, so much so that I stopped reading them after the first few chapters. This text really needs extensive editing (I used the 4th edition, so maybe later editions are better).
In spite of the problems, I like this textbook and refer to it often. But if it's the textbook for your class (or for self-study), you should get another textbook as a backup, or prepare to spend some time online to understand the less well-explained sections.
I bought this item as an inexpensive used book on Amazon, and I am so glad I did. The simplicity of understanding remains true in this 4th edition book. It still packs it with new technology (proteomics, etc.). I bought this at the same time of buying a proteomic book, but the small discussion the Lehninger book provided on proteomics was good enough that I regret buying the other book. I'm constantly amazed by how well the author(s) of this book presents information in a logical, accurate, and non-overly complex format.
In essence, this is a very COMPLETE book, in the sense that it covers material not found in traditional biochemistry books (ex. Berg, Stryer), but that is necessary to understand other aspects of biochemistry. If you are planning to specialize in the study of biochemistry, you definitely want this book as part of your reference collection.