Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Edition 5th Edition
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"Throughout the book, emphasis is placed not just on what 'we know' but also on 'how we know' and 'what remains to be discovered'- important for engaging and enthusing students....A quarter of a century after the first edition revolutionised cell biology textbooks, the new edition is as fresh, comprehensive and above all, as readable as ever....Like its predecessors, this is a superb textbook for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students."
-British Society for Developmental Biology Newsletter, Summer 2008, Vol. 29, No. 1
"Professors, lecturers, and instructors will find the fifth edition of the book Molecular Biology of the Cell and its accompanying Problems Book to be an excellent choice for guiding their students through the maze of the cell's molecular structures and biochemical processes....With countless colorful illustrations and a large number of photographs and tables, reading the text becomes not only an educational experience, but also a highly enjoyable one for those students who wish to discover the inner workings of the magnificent cellular machine....Educators will also find the DVD-ROM to be a rich electronic resource when compiling their lectures....No less important is the Problems Book, which contains numerous exercises and questions that are an integral part of the learning process, and that teachers, instructors, and students are sure to appreciate."
The Quarterly Review of Biology, September 2008, Volume 83, Number 3
"It has been 25 years since the first edition of Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) was published, which means that roughly half of today's practicing scientists do not remember life without this cell biology `bible'. The other half might recall how the book almost instantly filled a void with refreshingly clear and engaging writing illustrated with extensive diagrams and figures….MBoC has only improved over its several editions, growing with the rapid advances in the field to become an essential resource for students at all levels and a trusted first stop for researchers transitioning into unfamiliar areas of cell biology….An enduring strength of the book is that it remains a comprehensive textbook….In addition to the comprehensive updating of every chapter, another reason to consider acquiring edition five is the improved integration of the print volume with an extensive array of videos and animations in the `Cell Biology Interactive' provided on the accompanying DVD….Another welcome improvement in MBoC5 helps link the textbook to the lab - there are now problems printed at the ends of the first 20 chapters. Whereas some are designed to facilitate information retention, the best problems stimulate thought and challenge the reader to think about experimental approaches for learning new things about cell biology….the MBoC5 package is a fantastic resource and well worth the upgrade."
-Development (Company of Biologists) 135, 3973-3974 (2008)
"[Molecular Biology of the Cell] is a marvelous textbook. Once again, the authors are to be congratulated on a superb achievement. We are amazed at the scope and depth of information provided.”
- Bioscience Education
About the Author
Bruce Alberts received his PhD from Harvard University and is Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. For 12 years, he served as President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1993-2005).
Alexander Johnson received his PhD from Harvard University and is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at the University of California, San Francisco.
Julian Lewis received his DPhil from the University of Oxford and is a Principal Scientist at the London Research Institute of Cancer Research UK.
Martin Raff received his MD from McGill University and is at the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology and the Biology Department at University College London.
Keith Roberts received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and is Emeritus Fellow at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.
Peter Walter received his PhD from The Rockefeller University in New York and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
- Publisher : Garland Science; 5th edition (November 16, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 1392 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0815341059
- ISBN-13 : 978-0815341055
- Item Weight : 6.65 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 2 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #146,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As to the book itself, this is the best textbook I've ever seen and is just a must-possess item for anyone with the slightest interest in biology.
And, wonder of wonders, the Kindle version turns out to be a MUST HAVE even at the price.
The print version of MBotC comes in two editions, the regular version and the Reference Edition which includes an extra five printed chapters (they're available as free PDF downloads if you only have the regular edition). The description of the Kindle version suggests that it only contains the 1392 pages of the regular edition, which would be incredibly annoying because why should you have to separately download five PDFs as a supplement to an already electronic book?
But it turns out that the Kindle version DOES include the full 1600 pages of the Reference Edition with all 25 chapters! The cover graphic lacks the "Reference Edition" text, but all the pages are there, and the page numbers match up exactly with the printed Reference Edition. So immediately the price starts to look a lot better when you compare it to the Reference Edition.
But it gets better.
The book looks gorgeous! It looks *exactly* like the printed book, and a full screen page on an iPad is very readable even though it's a couple inches (diagonally) smaller than the actual book. One of my worries was whether it could look anything like as sharp and readable as the real book. Well, it looks *perfect*! In fact, most of the illustrations are actually vector-based, and remain perfectly sharp as you zoom in. This also means that the book will probably look INCREDIBLE on a retina-display iPad as the text and most graphics will be able to render at the higher resolution I would expect. Even the raster-based illustrations are included at a very high DPI such that they too look as sharp as in the printed edition.
What more could you want? Well, the book is fully searchable which adds tremendous value over the dead-tree version. Also of course it weighs nothing compared to something like nine pounds for the printed Reference Edition.
This is a book that justifies buying an iPad or Kindle Fire just on its own.
One of the best (not to mention heaviest) books ever becomes the best Kindle book ever.
NOTE! that you MUST have an iPad, Kindle Fire, or PC/Mac to view this book, you cannot even install it on a regular (eInk) Kindle because you need a big color screen to view it on.
I originally purchased the kindle edition, but returned it in favor of a printed copy. The kindle edition, while complete in content, was difficult to read on my ipad mini. Other kindle books I’ve read allowed me to adjust the font size, which changed the pagination of the book. Unfortunately with this title, the pages are fixed and font size can’t be changed. If I had a full size ipad I might have chosen differently.
The book is a hefty beast, with over 1200 pages of detailed descriptions with full color diagrams on every single page. The material is complete and very well explained. I certainly do not consider myself an expert in molecular biology, and found the text easy to read and understand.
The book includes a DVD which has an extensive library of animations and short videos. Complicated processes such as transcription and translation are clearly explained in these videos, and watching them helped me fill in a number of concepts I did not get from the text.
I have not read the book cover to cover, nor do I plan to. I’ve chosen the topics I want to read and I am skipping around in the book. I’m finding that the topics are so well covered, that one can do this without being too confused.
With most text books, I cringe as I plop down my money on a title I will only use for a few months. In this case, I expect to be getting value out of this book for years to come as I continue my studies.
Most of the topics in this book are covered in great detail with a lot of really well chosen references, and I think that for a lot of the subjects covered you would not be able to find anything better outside the journals. The text is clear and carefully written so you do not have to continually have to go back and refer to other chapters to understand new information. The figures are generally clear and easy to understand, though there are some that I feel they over-complicated such that the point they were trying to make was not entirely obvious. Also, some of the sections that are more chemistry or physics related are a bit superficial and contain some over simplified analogies that are not entirely accurate. I think that this book does a good job with the more speculative information, and for the most part tries to make it clear what is known with more certainty vs. what is currently more just speculation.
The one thing that really bothers me about this book and the only reason that I am not giving it 5 stars is that, as others have said, the last 5 chapters are not actually included in this version except as PDF files on the included DVD. If you want to have the complete 5th edition of this textbook you must purchase the `reference edition', which costs substantially more than the already very expensive normal version. They claim that they did this to make the book more `portable', although I am guessing it is really to save the publisher money on printing as the book is already quite large and I don't think that including the last five chapters would really make that much difference as far as portability was concerned.