I know this sounds like hyperbole but I really mean it from the heart: Alberts is the greatest collection of words and images that I have encountered in my lifetime of reading. It inspired me to change careers and altered the trajectory of my entire life. It is the bible of the natural world. It was the longest and most challenging book I had ever read but it was also the most rewarding. My only complaint is that the first few chapters assume some cursory knowledge of chemistry. While a motivated reader can certainly power through these sections, I really wish they would rewrite these chapters to help along readers who lack a science background. Every effort should be made to make this text accessible to a broader audience! I encourage you to invest in the hardcover version as you'll be hanging onto this book as a reference for the rest of your life.