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Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing Paperback – October 10, 2005
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Many of these cycles are specifically examined here, along with the historical hunt for the biological roots of the rhythmicity.Read more ›
Biochemists, however, are also interested in reading about the mechanisms that underlie circadian rhythms: if there is an internal clock, its time-keeping capability must be derived from the kinetic properties of its components. The study of these, as revealed by the pioneering work of Britton Chance and Benno Hess from the 1960s onwards, and more recently that of Albert Goldbeter and others, is surely fundamental to any analysis of physiological time-keeping.Read more ›
The study of biological clocks has gone on for a long time, but as a science is a fairly recent development. Research in just the last few years has dramatically altered the way scientists view them. This book is a snapshot of the way the science appears right now. The pair who wrote the book are a leading researcher in the field and a professional science writer. This is a good combination that gives good enjoyable writing combined with accurate reporting.
My rating is five stars because the book DID contain the information I wanted to find within its pages - and more.
This is clearly not a book for the average self-help reader, nor will someone who is looking for something from a more metaphysical or Eastern medicine perspective be very happy with it. (I appreciate many of those too, btw - but that's not what THIS book is.)
If you are looking for a great read in terms of style-verve, you probably won't be thrilled. Even though it is a bit of a "first-person narrative biography" of an exciting period in the sleep-research field, it is stylistically slanted more toward those who are used to reading scientific tomes -- after which, almost anything would be a beach-read.
If you read and liked Kandel's _In Search of Memory_, you won't find this book as "easy" or engaging a read, or as filled with personal details, but that doesn't mean it is not worth reading, or dry as dust, right?
This is an "information-dense" book from a neuroscientist's perspective, with many passages that you will probably want to underline or re-read to make sure that the content "sticks"(unless you have the sleep field's vocabulary already under your belt). To me, it is well worth the effort to dig a bit for the treasures it contains. Like life, the territory becomes more familiar the longer you stick with it.Read more ›
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A fascinating book on an unusual topic. Full of insight for life today.Published 10 months ago by Lanier Burns
The best thing about this book is the circadian rhythm chart in the back.Published 16 months ago by Vincent Bataoel
I had to buy this book once for a class at UMDNJ it's actually very interesting and informative I do recommend itPublished 16 months ago by Matt
Excellent survey of chronobiology science. The work is lucidly written and entertaining.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
As the cover says; About the biological clocks that control the daily lives of every little thing. A fascinating book. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by JPP
This is a great book on the biological rhythms of life. I really enjoyed the content of the book and understand how we humans are so connected with the earth.Published on August 16, 2013 by Michael Douglas Neely