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Brock Biology of Microorganisms 13th Pdf Edition

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Best Biology book Review by coffeeking20
I'm a lower division biochemistry major about to transfer to a University next year. I have to be honest, I took general biology I and II and got "C's" in both because I went in having no biology background. Now I'm teaching myself all the gaps that I didn't have in major's biology. This is the best book I have ever used in self-teaching (and I've used quite a few.) I love chemistry and this book does an excellent job of connecting the fascinating concepts of chemistry (electrochemistry and thermodynamics) to microorganisms. It is very thorough and easy to read if you actually like science.

(Posted on 8/7/2017)
It's a world of Microbes Review by AF
This book was a bit more technical than my previous General biology book. After a semester of this course, now I see that this is a broad (and I mean broad!), general Microbiology textbook. It opens up the mind to all the variety of applications of the study of microbes and leaves room for many questions that can be tackled in higher level courses. The book has many images, some errors found by one of my professors, but overall a great help in understanding many of the concepts. The book is very colorful to say the least. I used the online website, but I would say that it could be better. The book itself is a wonderful resource and a great start into the study of microbes.

(Posted on 4/2/2017)
Solid Coverage Review by Spruce
Yes, like any book, this one may have a few things missing. But it does cover all of the standard information necessary for a firm grasp of microbiology. I was thoroughly pleased with the content and I have been studying microbial biochemistry for years. Though I wished there was more information on bioremediation, I understand why they left it out: I just checked out a book on just mycoremediation techniques and it was well over 800 pages! I was glad that Brock Microbology book successfully covered the general ideas before I leaped into advanced material. Great quality, great format, and excellent interactivity (questions and concept testing) make Brock Biology of Microorganisms a sturdy first step from general biology to the awesome world of microbes.The authors/editors definitely put a lot of thought into this one to make your microbial experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

(Posted on 4/2/2017)
Brock Biology of Microorganisms (13th Edition) Review by Tyler
First of all, I am not the type of person who likes to read. That being said, this book is very well written and very easy to understand. For the first time ever in my life, I actually enjoyed reading this book. Even if you're not taking any microbiology class, I'd still recommend this book, if you're interested in science at all.

(Posted on 4/2/2017)
A Grad Student's Perspective Review by AyBee
This is hands down the best general microbiology textbook on the market. Below, I'll explain why. (And I will also defend the book against some of the more ridiculous comments):

1) Let's be honest. Some students who read textbooks aren't too bright or motivated. So you should completely ignore ANYBODY who says the book was worthless. He/She was probably frustrated with the class they were in, and blamed the prof, their TA, the book, and life in general for getting a bad grade or having a bad time. Common sense tells us that a book that has gone through 11 editions is way above average. Most textbooks don't make it past the 1st or 2nd ed.

2) This book is not meant to delve into excruciating detail. While the book does contatin a LOT of detail on some topics, most aren't that detailed. The reason is because it's an introductory text. If you want more information, then buy a book that focuses on that one area. So, criticisms that say the book was "too general" are silly.

3) The book does a great job of overviewing every possible topic under the sun related to microbiology. The book covers basic cell biology, foundations of microbiology, molecular biology, diversity, metabolism, immunology, pathogenesis, disease, and even a little biotechnology.

4) It's true that the book could be organized a little better. In particular, it's frustrating to have to flip back and forth between chapters on metabolic diversity and prokaryotic diversity. However, I can't really suggest a better way to do it.

5) As an undergrad, I used this book in two different courses, and enjoyed it both times. As a grad student, I still find myself referring back to it on occasion.
In summary, if you're looking for a good introductory text to microbiology, you're not going to find anything better than this.

(Posted on 4/2/2017)

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