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1. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative
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2. Practical Research: Planning and
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3. The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True
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4. Statistics for Experimenters:
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5. Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry
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6. Short Protocols in Molecular Biology
7. Research Methods: A Process of
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8. The Craft of Research, 2nd edition
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9. Qualitative Research & Evaluation
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10. The Guild Handbook of Scientific
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11. Statistical Power Analysis for
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12. Design of Experiments: Statistical
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13. The Craft of Scientific Presentations:
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14. Introduction to Organic Laboratory
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15. Investigations
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16. Visualizing Statistical Models
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17. At The Helm: A Laboratory Navigator
18. Statistics for Experimenters:
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19. Patch Clamping: An Introductory
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20. Practical Process Research &

1. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research
by Sage Publications, Inc
Hardcover (08 April, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Critical book for research design
This was a required text for one of my graduate Professional Communication classes. If I lost it, I would have to buy another one because it's that good. And these text books are expensive. My professors have entire libraries at their disposal, and they chose this particular book for one of their courses.'nuff said.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
The contents are a little complex but comprehensive. It is a perfect book for my academic research.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente
Es como una Biblia para los investigadores que quieren aprender sobre la investigaci�n cualitativa ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Research    2. Research & Methodology    3. Social Science    4. Social sciences    5. Sociology    6. Social Science / Research    7. Sociology, Social Studies   


2. Practical Research: Planning and Design (8th Edition)
by Prentice Hall
Paperback (26 February, 2004)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide
Although I've written many research papers, I found this book to be a great guide to help me 'fill in' the missing pieces in my work.It provides useful guidelines in all phases of research writing, from picking the right topic to statistical techniques.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Research Book Review
Great book, it is very easy to follow and understand.It provides great samples and guides on how to do a research paper. I certainly would recommend it to anyone that needs help or guidance on research project writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
Practical Research actually is required reading for my Ph.D. Since it is a text book is does cost a lot. It was the same price at Amazon as it would have been to order it through my university. However, the shipping was free with Amazon, so I came out ahead. The book is well written, in plain English. The advice is practical. Some of the advice about using technology is a bit behind the times, but that is to be expected. The font size is small, but this would not be a problem for most people under 40. ... Read more

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3. The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story
by Anchor
Mass Market Paperback (20 July, 1995)
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The dramatic and chilling story of an Ebola virus outbreak in a surburban Washington, D.C. laboratory, with descriptions of frightening historical epidemics of rare and lethal viruses. More hair-raising than anything Hollywood could think of, because it's all Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A true life horror story
A really compelling read! I could not put this book down. Before I read 'The Hot Zone' I had never really taken much interest in virology. Richard Preston writes his account very effectively in the style of a novel, but the fact that the horrors of Marburg and Ebola that he describes are actually true, gave me many sleepless nights. A frightening aspect of these filoviruses is that their source has still not been found. If only all non-fictional books were as readable as this!
5-0 out of 5 stars Truly terrifying from the start to the end
I am someone who loves classics... so I never read this kind. But I happened to read it on my trip to east coast. I finished within 2 days. At first, I was scared, then i accept the truth... it became better. And it's so good from the start to end... So realistic, u can touch the grip of it... feel like it's happening around the corner.
3-0 out of 5 stars Sub-par
I've been wanting to read this novel for several years now.Taking Virology during my undergraduate career only peaked my interest in reading about Ebola in a novel-style context.There's not much known about the Ebola virus, even to this day, and I was intrigued to see how Preston would incorporate this knowledge (or lackthereof) into his book.While the subject matter is extremely interesting and engaging, I will have to agree that his writing style is sub-par.I found myself skimming through whole paragraphs because of his mundane and repetitive diction and syntax.If it had been written by someone else, I think I could have immensely enjoyed this book (I'm a major science nerd, and I love reading science books).The only thing that kept me going to the finish was the fact that the entire novel was riding on the subject matter Ebola itself.The virus was what kept the novel going (I actually enjoyed all the factual paragraphs about Ebola...reminded me of the course I took in college! Haha, that, and I like seeing how factually correct Preston was).Overall, it seems like most of his facts are correct (there are a few things that I would contest, but that's besides the point), but honestly, the book was a bore...which is a shame, because it's written on such a fascinating subject.
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4. Statistics for Experimenters: Design, Innovation, and Discovery , 2nd Edition
by Wiley-Interscience
Hardcover (14 June, 2005)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not ideal for planning biomedical studies
I have found it very difficult to identify a good book on study design for the biomedical industry as most are too focused on engineering/manufacturing applications.Though this book does discuss many different study designs and their theoretical underpinnings well, it does not do a very good job of explaining the issues of sample size and power.These issues are critical to designing studies in biologic settings.
5-0 out of 5 stars Long-awaited update to a classic
This is the best applied book in any scientific or mathematical subject that I have ever read.The reviewers who are looking for equations and the typical assumptions-theory-proof presentation just picked up the wrong book.
1-0 out of 5 stars Not recommended as a text book
As a text book, this book will drive students crazy. Despite the typos which can be found not occasionally, I found the authors wrote most of the examples using large paragraphs but hard to comprehend.Pretty often the results they generated comes from nowhere. No clear deduction, some times even no equations, just tell you some meanlingless number. The authors must have treated students as experienced as they are, therefore they omit most of the important details for a student to follow. Obviously, by using computer software, they can easily get answers from problems they made without bothering write down how they can get it by pencil and paper.
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Subjects:  1. Analysis of variance    2. Experimental design    3. Mathematical Statistics    4. Probability & Statistics - General    5. Research & Methodology    6. Science    7. Science/Mathematics    8. Scientific Methodology And Research    9. Humanities    10. Science / Methodology   


5. Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry (2nd edition) (Thin Book Series)
by Thin Book Publishing Company
Paperback (November, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point
I bought this book on a recommendation of a lecturer at a recent conference.He said that this was the first book to buy if one wants to learn about AI.He was right.The author is straight to the point.The material is easy to digest.The examples are applicable.Because of this book, I can immediately put AI to use in developing better teams and groups.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quantifiable Appreciation
Recently, I attended a monthly meeting for professional coaches where the speaker made a presentation on Appreciative Inquiry. He passed around many books on the subject as he continued his talk. I was impressed enough with Sue Hammond's Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry to go right home and order it. I am not usually one who cares for national bestsellers, but in this case... I can see why. It is a valuable tool for any coach, mentor or anyone in life who seeks a better, clearer understanding of how to appreciate life, work, people, everything really. Learning to appreciate makes a quantifiable difference in your life and times.
5-0 out of 5 stars Helps Create Possibilities
I use this book in my coaching business.The book is a great source of usable information that can be easily understood.Hammond includes tips that can help shift one's thinking in a positive way.If we could all operate in the manner she describes we would be better leaders (at any level).
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6. Short Protocols in Molecular Biology (2 volume set)
by Current Protocols
Paperback (05 November, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars an excellent brief reference book
This is a well-organized, clear, short reference work.Well done

4-0 out of 5 stars The (little) Red book...
Here is the little red bok.4-0 out of 5 stars A very good reference manual
This book is an essential tool for people in the scientific field such as Molecular Biology (obviously), Biochemistry, and Neuroscience. It is comprehensive and up-to-date as far as the techniques are concerned. It isgood value in a sense that you don't have to buy the whole "CurrentProtocols Series" which costs an arm and a leg if you do. Althoughnowadays, a lot of "kits" are commercially available, thetechniques found in this book explain principles and provide differentalternatives suited for your needs. Molecular Cloning by Maniatis et al.,although needs updating, is still a helpful reference in my opinion and itcomplements this book. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Laboratory Medicine    2. Laboratory manuals    3. Life Sciences - Biology - Molecular Biology    4. Molecular biology    5. Research & Methodology    6. Science    7. Science/Mathematics    8. Technique    9. Science / Molecular Biology   


7. Research Methods: A Process of Inquiry (4th Edition)
by Allyn & Bacon
Hardcover (16 September, 1999)
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2-0 out of 5 stars A dissenting opinion
First, I want to say that I have NOT read this book;I have some commentsbased on its table of contents.I teach research methods in education, andhave served on over a hundred dissertation committees in education andother fields (including several dissertations in psychology), and I wouldnot use or recommend this book primarily because of its extremely limitedtreatment of qualitative research.Despite the book cover's claim that thebook deals with "the entire range of research methodologies inpsychology", the coverage of qualitative methods appears to be limitedto one chapter on naturalistic and case-study methods.(A second chapterwhich deals with field research in fact seems to focus onquasi-experimental and single-subject designs, which are not qualitative.) The rest of the book is heavily quantitative/experimental in its approach(there are three chapters on experimental design alone).It seemsrevealing that although there are sections on the limitations ofnaturalistic and case study research and correlational and differentialresearch, there is no explicit section on the limitations of experimentalresearch. There is also no discussion of one of the most commonqualitative approaches used in psychology--the qualitative interview study,which is different from a "case study".(For more on thisapproach, I recommend "Learning from Strangers:The Art and Method ofQualitative Interview Studies", by the psychologist RobertWeiss.)5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent text with great web + cd support
I decided to adopt this text for my course as it is comprehensive, up-to-date, and includes a wealth of supplementary materials that are web-based, as well as available on the accompanying CD.Recommended highlyfor undergrad AND graduate students.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good baseline book for those preparing for a dissertation
As a Ph.D. student that is about to start my dissertation I found thisbook extremely helpful in wading through the various research and analysismethods.Filled with examples (although principally focused onPsychology), the book has helped me plan my dissertation.A greatreference book and in my opinion a must have for those who are about tostart their dissertation. ... Read more

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8. The Craft of Research, 2nd edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
by University Of Chicago Press
Paperback (March, 2003)
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Skillfully done, research can be the solid cornerstone of your term paper (or dissertation, essay, or article); inadequately executed, it can cause your whole project to crumble and fall. Yet essential as research is to the ultimate success of your work, performing it is not an innate talent. The precepts, steps, and skills of solid research are readily acquired if you spend some time with Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Useful...
I am a master's student just beginning graduate studies in the humanities.I picked up this book during my first semester and devoured it over the course of a few days (my undergraduate degree is in mathematics, so I figured I was a little behind the curve in my present area).It's the kind of book I think I will return to occasionally throughout my studies.There's some useful stuff here, but the main point of the book is "make sure you make a good argument!"That's really what it boils down to.As someone with a solid background in logic, however, I found much of the book to be reducible to basic principles of common sense.There's a section on "warrants" for example that sounds very sophisticated and difficult, but is really just an exercise in constructing a logical argument by using universally accepted propositions.Now this is fine, but I think the material could be presented in a much simpler manner.Instead of using large tables and graphics with arrows and textboxes and all that jazz, the authors could have taken a more minimalist route and avoided a lot of confusion. I don't know... maybe I would have just preferred a different format.Some of the things in the book really bug me.For example, chapter seven introduces the ideas of claim, warrants, reason, and evidence.To put it simply, you base claims on reasons.Evidence is the cold hard reality upon which the reasoning process rests.Warrants are like propositions which connect reasons to claims in the way antecedents are connected to consequents.If your warrant is something like A=>B then your reasons will need to coincide with A and your claims with B (if your warrant is going to successfully connect reasons to claims).If your claim is more specific than B then your warrant isn't strong enough (and your claim is unjustifiably strong).If your reason is broader than A then your claim won't necessarily follow because your not sticking to the limits of the proposition.This kind of stuff is very basic logical reasoning which everyone is familiar with.So why do the authors say "as we said, this is not easy stuff."Maybe it's not easy because the presentation is muddled.It could have been simplified by taking a more symbolic route (perhaps in addition to, or as a a preliminary, what is already here).

5-0 out of 5 stars The Craft of Research
Excellent way to learn the steps required to write an quality research paper.Learning the proper way to do reseach will remove stress and make writing fun.I am a 1 year MBA student at WSU but I wish I learned these techniques in high school.The next edition should have examples and resources for business students.

5-0 out of 5 stars Notes from an English Instructor
The Craft of Research is an excellent guide for students of all ages and levels.I teach Freshman Composition, and I am using it this year as a basis of lectures in my Research Class.I am considering requiring my students to buy it next year.The book is not written as a textbook, but as a guide that individual students could read and use.The language is straight forward and easy to follow.The authors, English professors, take students through the research process, step by step.I highly recommend this book for anyone from high school seniors through graduate school, especially for those who are a few years removed from Freshman Comp. ... Read more

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9. Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods
by Sage Publications, Inc
Hardcover (October, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars In-depth details of qualitative research explained with ease
Patton describes qualitative research design and data collection methods in a way that even the novice researcher can easily understand and utilize.

3-0 out of 5 stars Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods
i knew the valuable information that was contained in the book. That is why i ordered it. I had also read Patton, 1990, 2nd ed.

4-0 out of 5 stars M.Patton's Qualitiative Research Book Review
This book provides in-depth information about qualitative research that plays a very important role in the classroom. ... Read more

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10. The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration
by Wiley
Hardcover (29 May, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive reference for scientific illustration
Since its first edition this book has been by far the best single resource available for anyone with a serious interest in scientific, medical, biological, nature, botanical, or wildlife illustration. 5-0 out of 5 stars There is no greater guide to Scientific Illustration . . .
ELaine Hodges'"The Guild Handbook to Scientific Illustration" is truly a landmark as a referenceand the finest on my shelf-- and I cannot count the times I've sought it since 1989 out either to clarify a client's request or as a refresher for some obscure technique(carbon dust, for example). . .5-0 out of 5 stars The book is the final word in scientific illustration
Over and over in my work I found myself referring back to this encyclopedic manual.A must for all those in the field of scientific illustration, and a huge help for graphic artists and illustrators ingeneral. ... Read more

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11. Statistical Power Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition)
by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Hardcover (15 January, 1988)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive - But
Absolutely the main text but check it out from the library - you will use it approximately 10-15 times in your research life.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Power Analysis Text
Cohen does a masterful job of taking the guesswork out of statistical power estimation.This text provides procedural guidelines for determining power for many designs, and can be quite helpful in determining propersample sizes.Not for the casual reader, but a necessary addition to anyserious researchers statistical library.

5-0 out of 5 stars The classic statistical power reference.
Clearly, a must for every statistical library.This book is considered the authority on power analysis. ... Read more

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12. Design of Experiments: Statistical Principles of Research Design and Analysis
by Duxbury Press
Hardcover (13 August, 1999)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Statistics text for people who understand statistics
Kuehl covers a lot of statistical designs, and provides great examples and practice problems.However, the book is not "user friendly" even for student who have had several semesters coursework in regressionanalysis.Also, the author tends to change his notation from chapter tochapter without telling the reader, thus creating great confusion.Forexample "r" or "k" could signify replicate.Somesections are poorly organized. ... Read more

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13. The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid
by Springer
Paperback (22 April, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A personal account with interesting anecdotes
Although this is a little old fashioned in its style and content (particularly the photos and graphic style), I was sufficiently engaged with the content and anecdotes to read it right through in one evening. I learnt some new facts and had an insight into the style and ideas of someone who approaches fine lectures and presentations with great care. This made it worthwhile. It is a delightful change not to be assaulted by ego or self assurance. There is one irritating characteristic of style - the repeated use of "granted".

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading for engineers
After decades of sitting through terrible technical presentations by hapless fellow engineers (who, to be fair, had never been given the time or opportunity for the proper training), I'd had enough. With plenty of examples of misguided slides to serve as comic relief, I created a one-hour seminar containing the essentials of an effective scientific presentation. Since 1999, I've offered the seminar a few times a year at East Coast and California sites of our (very large) corporation for free at lunchtime, for anyone who cared to attend. So far, nearly 1500 people have done so.
4-0 out of 5 stars A must for scientists and engineers!
This book details a history of scientists and engineers that have made excellent presentations and why. The book then effectively contrasts those styles with poor presentation techniques. The author also presents readers with different methodologies for presenting to diverse audiences.Every suggestion is supported with historical instances of presenters that communicated their ideas effectively. The book proved not to be another "how to make cool PowerPoint slide book." The majority of the text is invested in the structure of the presentation. The book serves as a "how to" for undergraduates, post doctoral fellows and speech trainers alike. ... Read more

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14. Introduction to Organic Laboratory Techniques: Microscale Approach
by Brooks Cole
Hardcover (01 February, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Book in great shape
Book is flawless, not even scratches on the cover, cannot remember promptness of delivery.

5-0 out of 5 stars ANABSOLUTE TREASURE!
Pavia et al's Organic Laboratory Techniques (2nd Ed) is an astonishingly excellent book for the beginning student.4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lab Text But Not Everyone Has To Buy It
Though a complete laboratory text with 50+ experiments, lab techniques,tables of unknowns and spectroscopy, the organic faculty prepare our ownlab manual to be followed.Pavia text becomes a close handy reference forlab techniques and setup.The techniques section, which includefiltration, crystallization, distillation (simple, fractional, and steam),chromatogrpahy (column, thin-layer, and gas)... should be carefully studiedbefore conducting experiments for beginning students.Unless your organiclab course follows almost exactly the outline of experiments in this text,you can check it out from the library and read it. ... Read more

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15. Investigations
by Oxford University Press, USA
Paperback (19 September, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" for those of us who wonder.
Kaufman is not a "science writer", he is one of the worlds senior and most distinguished scientists and he has in this book opened his personal notebook of his most cutting-edge arguments and speculation.Fortunately, he also happens to be an excellent writer. As other reviewers have noted, parts of this book may be difficult to read without prior knowledge of the varied subject areas, but for those of us fascinated by how the universe works this book provides a new high-water mark of explanation.Kaufman pulls together his own and others' ideas in fields including molecular biology, ecology, complexity theory, physics and economics to bring into high relief a significant fact:all around us we see evolving and ever-increasing organizational complexity yet our physical and social sciences have not incorporated that fact into their mainstream theories. Physics has the laws of thermodynamics to specify how the universe becomes more disordered, but no laws to specify the obvious tendency of the universe to become more organized in the presence of an energy gradient.Economics has detailed theories to explain utility maximization and supply and demand balancing given a static set of goods and services, but no mainstream theory to explain the constant increase in economic diversity.Complexity theory provides mathematical tools and simulations that emulate physical complexity but it has not been effectively integrated into mainstream science.Numerous other writers have presented the idea of emergent complexity in biology, such as Capra or Lowenstein, but none that I have read so completely explore, elucidate, extend and defend with experimental evidence the concept as Kaufman does in this book. Buy and read this book.If at first you don't get it, read some related books and come back to it.It is very exciting to feel the approaching wave of a revolution in scientific thinking!

5-0 out of 5 stars Questions which shake science
This is a great book. Not by the suggested answers to the problems related to the notion of Life, but by the questions which are asked. It breaks dogmas in physics which simply do not allow the comprehension of biology from a physical perspective. Kauffman notes limits of our actual physics, and proposes tentative ways of exploring.4-0 out of 5 stars Confusion is Part of the Solution
Stuart Kauffman has been probing the "deep structure" of life for decades. He is one of the founding members of the Santa Fe Institute, the leading center for the emerging sciences of complexity. His work therein started in complex Boolean networks in which he found "order for free" in a void seeming to consist of nothing but chaos. This lead him to highly dynamical yet self-structuring autocatalytic sets (now known as "Kauffman sets") which eventually lead him to search for a general biology from which all of life could extrapolate. Kauffman never was much for neo-Darwinism or natural selection, and here he continues his holistic approach to self-organizing biospheres. Read more

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16. Visualizing Statistical Models and Concepts (Statistics, a Series of Textbooks and Monographs)
Hardcover (15 July, 2002)
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17. At The Helm: A Laboratory Navigator
by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Hardcover (15 January, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable tool for becoming productive and efficient in your research lab
This is the book all grad students should read because this book discusses the things that you typically don't learn in grad school.The book is meant for new faculty, but anyone interested in learning practical lab management issues is encouraged to read this book.There is something useful in this book for both green rookies and experienced veterans.
5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for the new professor
I love this book and only wish it was published when I was first starting a faculty position.Definitely a biologist's perspective (and a lab-oriented one at that), but it covers many of the trials and tribulations of starting a new faculty position: setting up a lab, assessing priorities, making hires, managing committees, managing colleagues, etc.5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be caught without it!
This book is extremely useful for all levels of scientists. An intresting read that will leave you feeling a whole lot wiser. ... Read more

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18. Statistics for Experimenters: An Introduction to Design, Data Analysis, and Model Building
by Wiley-Interscience
Hardcover (22 June, 1978)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, sophisticated, unconventional classic
George E.P. Box, the senior author of this magnificent example of great teaching for adults, is one of the great statisticians of modern times.He is a master at teaching those with experience, especially industrial experience, but not necessarily the most advanced mathematical training.My own background in econometrics and decades of work experience left me in a position of having too little knowledge to apply sophisitcated statistical methods to experiments and too much knowledge to settle for the exposition of statistics in many experimental design texts, especially those for behavioral scientists.I had read some of Mr. Box's "Evolutionary Operation" [with Norman Draper] ("EvOp") (also outstanding, practical, and unusual) and looked at "Bayesian Inference in Statistical Analysis" [with George Tiao] ("BISA") and hoped the book was as practical as EvOp rather than as mathematical as BISA.It has turned out to be so without being unsophisticated.
5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book, but you should buy the newer edition, not this version
All of the reviews on this book are generally consistent in their praise for the book and the authors. I do not have any points to add to the discussion other than this:
5-0 out of 5 stars Buy the 2nd edition of this over Montgommery's Book
I used the Montgomery DOE book as an undergrad...but chatting with a Stat prof freind of mine..she recommened Box Hunter & Hunter over this.I had never covered the entire book..& was reading up on Factorial designs...I went ahead and bought Box Hunter & Hunter...(do wait & buy the 2nd edition due out in May-I think Amazon trys to sell you the old inventory if you are not careful)...nonetheless, the old edition I bought actually is much more intuitive and easy to follow that the "Design and Analysis of Experiments" book by Montgomery....I think its b/c the latter is written by an engineer..no offense to you out there...just that engineers cover so much material that there texts seem more "cookbook" like..here's how...w/ no too much intuition as to why ...probably catering to the engineer who has not the time to care about the why...I am thoutoughly enjoying the read...some of the quotes in hte book are pretty funny yet all the while relevant... ... Read more

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19. Patch Clamping: An Introductory Guide to Patch Clamp Electrophysiology
by John Wiley & Sons
Paperback (20 December, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The first of its kind
I'm giving this book a high rating because it fills a niche for which no other text exists: An absolute beginner's guide to patch-clamping. Yes, you could read Neher & Sakmann's hefty "Single Channel Recording" but, for the complete novice patch-clamper, it's a bit overwhelming.Read more

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20. Practical Process Research & Development
by Academic Press
Hardcover (15 April, 2000)
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