Fundamentals of Biochemistry: Life at the Molecular Level Hardcover – Jan 14 2008
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Understand what you don't know!
WileyPLUS (access purchased separately) for the new third edition of FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY now offers over 750 conceptually-based online questions, organized by chapter and topic. These original questions were created by biochemistry Professors at University of Alberta, and have bee3n tested and used since 2000.
Now in WileyPLUS, these questions offer practice with instant intelligent feedback that explains why an answer choice is right or wrong.
WileyPLUS also contains:
- Complete online version of FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY, Third Edition
- Guided Explorations and Interactive Exercises that enhance comprehension through animated graphics and narration
- Animated Figures from the text
- Bioinformatics Exercises
- Case Studies
- 3D molecular models
About the Author
Donald Voet received a B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University with William Lipscomb, and did postdoctoral research in the Biology Department at MIT with Alexander Rich. Upon completion of his postdoctoral research, Don took up a faculty position in the Chemistry Department at the University of Pennsylvania where, for the past 38 years, he has taught a variety of Biochemistry courses as well as general Chemistry. His major area of research is the X-ray crystallography of molecules of biological interest. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, The University of California at San Diego, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Together with Judith G. Voet, he is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. He is a member of the Education Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His hobbies include backpacking, scuba diving, skiing, travel, photography, and writing Biochemistry textbooks.
Judith ("Judy") Voet received her B.S. in Chemistry from Antioch College and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Brandeis University with Robert H. Abeles. She has done postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Her main area of research involves enzyme reaction mechanisms and inhibition. She taught Biochemistry at the University of Delaware before moving to Swarthmore College. She taught there for 26 years, reaching the position of James H. Hammons Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry before going on "permanent sabbatical leave." She has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, University of California, San Diego, University of Pennsylvania, and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. She has been a member of the Education and Professional Development Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as the Education Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her hobbies include hiking, backpacking, scuba diving, and tap dancing.
Charlotte Pratt received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University under the direction of Salvatore Pizzo. Although she originally intended to be a marine biologist, she discovered that Biochemistry offered the most compelling answers to many questions about biological structure-function relationships and the molecular basis for human health and disease. She conducted postdoctoral researching the Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught at the University of Washington and currently teaches at Seattle Pacific University. In addition to working as an editor of several Biochemistry textbooks, she has co-authored Essential Biochemistry and previous editions of Fundamentals of Biochemistry.
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The fundamental problem with learning "Fundamentals of Biochemistry" from this text is that there is appalling amount of in-coherency and discontinuity in the topics presented. The final result is something that is entirely incomprehensible and very painful to learn from unless you already have had substantial amount of exposure to the elementary topics of biochemistry before. The author has included a girth of information, often randomly distributed, so much so that trying to understand the most basic principle in each section becomes a mind numbing task of trying to comb through what feels like a tomb of the entire biochemical science known to man-kind.
Just to give an example, when trying to understand something as basic as the Kreb Cycle, the author utterly fails to present first a comprehensible overall picture of what the entire process entails, its significance, and consequences. Instead we are presented, in quite vomit-inducing detail, details down to the shape and step by step mechanism of function, chemical structure, and shape of each of the enzymatic reactions involved so that by the time you have spent an hour in one single subsection, you are lost and not even sure how any of this even relates to the original topic. This made worse by the authors digression from the immediate topic,and back references to figures and section of many chapters past, which means almost none of the sections are self-contained and the reader is sent on a wild goose chase trying to piece all the information together.
That being said, it's a decent book. Some of the text was a little hard to follow, but I found that most often, there was a diagram that explained what I didn't get the first time reading through.
Definitely buy this from Amazon. It was twice as expensive in the college bookstore.
Leningher is good for introductory biochem, yet some of the facts are misleading. Voet and voet.. its TOO MUCH. A lot of useless details that makes the textbook hard to follow. If you are a good student that can pick the right material for your midterm, then good for you. It's really hard to know what is important or what not. This is definitely not a textbook for undergrads, but more for grad students or for reference.
Fundamentals of Biochemistry, student companion gives a nice easy summary of each topic that you will need to know for biochem. It's not enough, but at least you will get a good idea what the topics are and what you should be focusing on. I highly recommend for those who have little time to focus on biochem or those that have hard time reading voet and voet.
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