John T Moore and Richard Langley.
Biochemistry turns out to be comprehensible and fascinating. And incomprehensible and boring.
But accessible. Without a doubt. This book certainly makes it accessible.
The chapters, the material, is laid out and explained in such a way that one can clearly understand what is going on. There's no actual overview saying 'we'll do it this way because...' but that doesn't really matter. It is perhaps self explanatory.
It is set out in 6 parts. 19 chapters in 6 parts. The six parts are, to paraphrase a bit: Basics, Proteins, Carbohydrates, Bioenergetics, Genetics and a last section ranging everywhere in the form of 'Ten of this, ten of that...'
You can choose your sections and skim through the material picking up a lot of fascinating information without doing any hard work at all. That's the fun part. Then if you want to get serious you can go back and read in depth and learn and remember and calculate... that'd be the 'incomprehensible and boring' that I've (unfairly) pointed to.
It is a great book.
It has a companion volume I'd say in the Chemistry for Dummies thing. Good if you've read that and learned something first from it. But not necessary. Not at all.
Believe it or not this is a good read.
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