"This book explains the basics of genetics from a cellular point of view. Read everything you wish to know of the way cells work, from one-celled bacteria to multicellular organisms and discover some deep mysteries of life itself."
"Learn interesting facts about 23 different genes (one in each of our chromosome pairs). What we know about these genes and their function, as well as what happens when some letter of its code has mutated."
"Learn how nature (genes) and their responses are activated or inhibited via nurture (or expressed differently by the environment and external stimuli). You will be amazed how external stimuli can affect our development and you will find lots of interesting facts about our personality traits."
"Can morphogenesis play an important role in the development of form? Can form be determined by the physical and chemical properties of the substances in the cell's medium? Interesting experiments done in algae from which the nucleus (and thereby the genetic information) has been removed. Morphogenesis could prove to be an important complement to genetics. Excellent book."
"Brief explanation of genetics and the formation of neurons, the nervous system and the brain, including its "wiring" from a genetical point of view. It also explains, the implications on our brain functions. Personally I think everything was too briefly explained, but it's a good introduction to the topics."
"Excellent account of the new science that combines genetics with embryology, giving rise to "Evo Devo". It explains how the same genes in different species are responsible of first their modular design and second, by making each module more specific, of differentiation."
"It's not a mistake that this book appears on this list, since it tries to explain economy as a complex adaptive system (like a living being). The explanations of evolution and complexity theories given in this book might be even better and easier than those in some biology boks."
"Excellent account of the way our body and its parts are constructed, via paleonthology (the study of fossils), genetics and embryology or developmental biology. One of the best explanations of evolution you will find."
"This book explains basic concepts of self-sustained criticalities (semi-equilibrium states) which arise at the boundary between perfect equilibrium states and chaotical states. Life emerges apparently at this precise border (at the edge of chaos). This book is more physically and chemically oriented (less biology, since the author is an astrophysicist), but easily explained and truly interesting."
"This is one of the most astounding and groundbreaking books I have read. It tries to "investigate" into the origins of life and into its defining properties from different perspectives: biology, chemistry, physics, complexity and networks. Finally it tries to establish the laws of a general biology, which can explain life anywhere in the universe and in any form the ecosystems would adopt."
"Comprehensive overview of the findings of bioluminiscent and biofluorescent proteins and the genes that code them. This genes are found mainly in fireflies, medusas, deep sea fish and corals and have been succesfully inserted in roundworms' and even in mammals' DNA, to be used as markers or tags for proteins and gene promoters and have wide uses in medicine, agriculture,gene research and art."
"While at Caltech, Mr. Gell-Mann predicted the quark and formulated quantum chromodynamics (QCD). The fundamental laws of nature are reductionistic and therefore "simple". At the Sante Fe Institute he turned to chaos, where the outcome is extremely sensitive to initial conditions. Complex adaptive systems reside at the border between order and chaos, so his life adventures cover the full range."
"This book explains symbiosis and coopereration between microorganisms as the basis for complex systems and as a different approach to evolution. Microorganisms are everywhere, even inside our cells as mitochondrias... Excellent book!"
"Here you will find everything you would like to know about water: how it was formed some time after the Big Bang, how it pervaded our planet and its presence in other places in our Solar System. Read about the investigations that led to understand its chemical composition, as well as its strange physical and chemical properties, which ultimately made life possible."
"The human natures as explained by different science fields, from genetics, paleonthology, neuroscience, anthropolgy, etc. The title says it all: "Genes, culture and the human prospect". I think this book encompasses everything I have read before on these subjects, by blending excellently discoveries in each field with an evolutionary perspective."
"Excellent introduction into non-equilibrium dynamics, the second law of thermodynamics, order and life. Taking the Schroedinger lectures "What is life" as starting point, the authors narrate how the new science field "thermodynamics of life" emerged and its most recent discoveries."