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41. Molecular Biology of the Cell:
42. Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict
43. Algorithms on Strings, Trees,
44. Schaum's Outline Of Genetics
45. Darwin on Trial
46. Genetics: Analysis of Genes and
47. Handbook of Paleoanthropology:
48. A Short History of Nearly Everything
49. Evolution of the Insects
50. The Science of Genetics
51. Evolutionary Analysis, Third Edition
52. Investigations
53. The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution
54. The Journey of Man: A Genetic
55. Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution
56. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior
57. Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution
58. Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative
59. The Beak of the Finch: A Story
60. Introduction to Protein Structure

41. Molecular Biology of the Cell: A Problems Approach
by Garland
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great companion to the Cell book...
I use the problems approach book in my doctoral studies, and it has been great.I recommend this book if your exams from the Cell book are more problems and less memorization of mechanisms.The biochemical problems are varied and the answers in the back are simple to understand.This book get's 4 stars because the even-numbered problems's answers are not available to you.Our class does not use the problems approach book, and it is never mentioned that you will not get all the answers... I feel like I got half of money's worth.Still a good investment though.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book you'll find on this subject
I'm currently a medical student and I have used this book for for over 4 years (since college). While I could write a lengthy review to sing its praises, its simpler for me to put it as follows. I have churned through dozens of textbooks and this one is by far the very best I have ever seen.
5-0 out of 5 stars electrtonic version??
is there a electronic version like pdf format in somewhere ??Read more

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42. Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict
by Harvard University Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This book is a masterpiece: it goes from the simple and straightforward (with examples of sequential equilibria) to technical and challenging material (such as the Mertens-Zamir type space). I own Fudenberg-Tirole and Osborne-Rubinstein, but it is Myerson that gets picked up the most.What I find most rewarding is that Myerson introduces everything gently, working from examples to build a general theory.

4-0 out of 5 stars not bad
very comprehensive book. Covers pretty much everything. It's supposed to be a graduate text but undergrads can handle it as long as they know some math and aren't too scared by all the notation. Oh and Myerson is nice guy too.

5-0 out of 5 stars still on the frontier because of disinformation
This book is not good only because it explains all well known difficult concepts which noone so far has been able to explain clearly and rigourosly in one book but for new important topics that are less known for the majority of game theorists. I'm refering to the idea of networks and cooperation structures and also cooperation under uncertainty with the idea of virtual utility. ... Read more

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43. Algorithms on Strings, Trees, and Sequences: Computer Science and Computational Biology
by Cambridge University Press
Hardcover (15 January, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very in-depth explanations
I bought this book not because I have any interest in computational biology but because at that time I had an interest in (and professional need for) extremely fast and efficient ways to search through massive data stores.In this I was not disappointed, having found thorough treatments of how to do exact pattern matching as well as various types of "closest" match searching though very large data sets in minimal time.
4-0 out of 5 stars nice intersection of computing and biology
The text sits at the intersection of computer science and computational biology. It centres around the observation made by the author and others that often in CS, one has to manipulate strings of text, which are just sequences of text. While in computational biology, a recurrent theme is how to deal with sequences of molecules. These might be in a DNA sample or in a protein.
5-0 out of 5 stars What it says, it says best.
If you haven't read this book, you don't know biological string matching. The book's focus is clearly on string algorithms, but the author gives good biological significance to the problems that each technique solves. I came away from this book understanding the algorithms, but also knowing why the algorithms were valuable.Read more

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44. Schaum's Outline Of Genetics
by McGraw-Hill
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5-0 out of 5 stars Schaum's Outline of Genetics
It is very informative and a great reference for the study of genetics and related studies.
5-0 out of 5 stars best genetics text available
The Stansfield/Elrod outline remains as comprehensive as any of the intro to genetics textbooks currently available.At about 10-15% the cost of the "standard" texts, this outline delivers the same material with more clarity, and often more accuracy.The concepts of classical genetics, which often prove more challenging for students than molecular aspects, are covered admirably in this book.While those who enjoy colorful illustration and pastel text boxes might be disappointed, the b&w figures in this book are extremely clear, logical and most importantly helpful towards learning the material.No solution manual or supplemental CD-ROM is required.Highly recommended as a reference, or as a text for general genetics classes.

5-0 out of 5 stars real bargain
Comparable in scope, clarity, completeness, and accuracy to any of the very expensive general genetics texts currently available.And with this one there's nothing else to study guides, solution manuals, cd's or supplemental websites are required.The book stands alone, and does so for less than half the price of the solution manual for most texts.Particularly strong is the coverage of classical genetics, which can often be more difficult to grasp than the more modern "molecular" concepts of the science.Highly recommended for self-study, as a reference, or as a supplement to any genetics textbook. ... Read more

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45. Darwin on Trial
by InterVarsity Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for truth seekers!
This book is a great introduction to some of the major scientific challenges to the theory of Darwinian Evolution.
5-0 out of 5 stars Does Evolution Rest Upon Scientific Evidence or a Philosophy of Naturalism?
Darwin on Trial was responsible for alerting many among the public and in the scientific community to the deficiencies of Darwinism. UC Berkeley law professor Phillip E. Johnson applies his skills as an analyzer of evidence to ask if Darwin's theory holds up to scrutiny.
2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting presentation of creationist viewpoint
Were a plumber or an an auto mechanic to look for supernatural causes behind a pipe clog or engine problem, you might think his skills questionable.But according to this book, if a biologist is not willing to accept supernatural causes for the origin of species, he is imposing anti-religious views on the rest of us.As with most conservative thinkers, Johnson seems intent on splitting the country into two halves.Those who think like him are good and believe in God, those who do not are atheists who believe in evolution.While this has worked well for conservatives on political issues, it is less effective in this case since it is rather clear that many if not most of the scientists supporting evolution are Christians, not atheists as Johnson insists.It is one of many lapses in this poorly written and overrated book.His contention that the US is a Christian country which at best tolerates other religious viewpoints suggests that he looks on the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion as simply a suggestion.It also has nothing to do with evolutionary theory and everything to do with the author's own prejudices.Johnson feels that any unexplained gap in evolution supports the theory of an intelligent designer by default.For Johnson, if the theory of evolution cannot shed like on everything instantly, it sheds light on nothing.The author feels that as a Christian it is inappropriate to tolerate any suggestion of a natural explanation for creation of the universe, creation of the earth, or the creation of man.Johnson's view seems to be that certain things related to Christian theology should be off limits to ANY sort of scientific examination.In spite of the failings of the author, the publisher has presented the book well.The physical quality is quite good and belies the sloppiness of the writing.I am not sure if this is the best place to get an understanding of the thinking behind the anti-evolution movement but I think it is a good place to start.I suspect the muddled and misguided presentation of the author is endemic to this type of book.It is also an outgrowth of the book's basic conceit, that a lawyer can provide objective insights into science.In fact, scientists may pretend to objectivity but lawyers specialize in advocacy and this book presents a lawyer at his worst.He misreads evolutionary theory as meaningless.In fact it provides a predictive model.Organisms are the sum total of both ancestral characteristics and those variations which permit the organism to function and survive within its environment. It is a fundamental point that gives the theory its strength, something which Johnson either does not understand or choses to ignore.Unfortunately, there is no voice to correct him.If Johnson proves anything, it is that when he is permitted to provide the defense, he can win any prosecution.Putting a dead man on trial with no voice raised in his defense: this must be an attorney's dream come true. ... Read more

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46. Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes
by Jones & Bartlett Publishers
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1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Book
Absolutely horrible book. Chapters are written very poorly. They don't follow a pattern, but if I had to say there were one it would be tell you the big picture first so you have no idea what they're talking about then go into detail about each of the units and then after you've read the whole chapter you find it useful to reread the beginning again because you now know what the authors are talking about. Inconsistent use of vocabulary as well, they talk in colloquial terms and then all of the sudden use the word 'nascent' for instance, then you never see the word again. Nothing wrong with such things but the lack of consistency in the book makes it extremely poor in my opinion. Very poorly written, the information is there but organization is pathetic

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47. Handbook of Paleoanthropology: Vol 1:Principles, Methods and ApproachesVol 2:Primate Evolution and Human OriginsVol 3:Phylogeny of Hominids
by Springer
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48. A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Random House Audio
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Educational Remediation
This is one of the books I wished someone would write.My knowledge of science past and present was wanting and yet there wasn't a single book written for (and by) someone in the same boat.Bill Bryson has written such a book and brillantly over-achieved in the process.In the spirit of full disclosure, I like nearly everything Mr. Bryson has written.He can be pedantic and peevish when describing the less than admirable characters and circumstances he encounters but he's always very funny.Having said that, this physically ponderous tome made me wonder whether he could sustain his humor while at the same time educating the reader over all those hundreds of pages.Miraculously, his choice of anecdotes and pacing is spot on.It is extremely readable and there are wonderful factoids and "ah ha" moments on nearly every page.Life is short and this book is not but it's absolutely worth the trade-off.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and engaging history of modern science
Well written and fun to read.Bill Brysons style really creates a nice true story, complete with the quirks and oddities of the charecters depicted.Highly recomended if you are interested in the history of science, or if you just enjoy a fun and educational read.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read for the Basics
This is a good book.And, like all Bill Bryson's work, it is wonderfully written with such a sense of humor! Bryson is very good at finding facts as well as funny historical anecdotes and idiosyncrasies.
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49. Evolution of the Insects
by Cambridge University Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars What else can on say
Magnificent piece of work by the authors (scholars)! Incredible!It is about time such a compilation was put together. The significance of insects, and natural selection cannot be understated! To bad we will not be around in the near future but insects will.Enough said a must have in one's library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Evolution has an inordinate fondness for insects
What organism has a loss of musculature in the antenna beyond the scape, possesses the Johnston's Organ, and for females the presence of an ovipositor formed by gonapophyses? The answer is an organism that seems to have the favor of evolutionary pressures for over 400 million years which has produced about 5,000, 000 species of insects that are alive today. The authors of this book estimate that perhaps 100 million species have existed at various points in this evolutionary timescale. Even if you are not an entomophile, even if you were never tempted to create a butterfly collection, and even if bee and ant stings, pesky cockroaches, and devastating grasshoppers cause you to believe that humans are better off without insects, this literary and scientific masterpiece will give you a deep appreciation for how the most successful life forms on the planet have evolved over the past 400 million years. Written for the professional entomologist and serious students of entomology, with some perseverance and discipline, along with a sizeable block in time, any reader who is interested in the subject matter can gain immensely from a reading of this book. Everything about insects is fascinating, and one could spend a lifetime for example just studying the evolution of one particular order of insects. For readers (such as this reviewer) who are not experts in entomology it is helpful to photocopy the glossary while reading the book, in order to have the important terminology readily available without having to constantly flip to the back of the book. There are hundreds of facts in the book that are fascinating and surprising. A small sampling of these include:
5-0 out of 5 stars The story of insects
An excellent review ot the evolution of insects, with numerous line drawings and photographs. Well written and comprehensive. This book is not for casual reading, but would be indespensible for persons with a serious interest in the evolution of insects. The size of the book is quite large. ... Read more

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50. The Science of Genetics
by Brooks Cole
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51. Evolutionary Analysis, Third Edition
by Prentice Hall
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2-0 out of 5 stars If only Campbell were the author...
There's not much to say.The book isn't confusing because the material is too technical--it's often confusing because the author doesn't go in enough depth; it's frustrating when a crucial concept is presented, such as Hamilton's Law, but no examples on its applications are put forth.I find myself frequently searching the internet to suppliment this textbook.It also doesn't help that the book doesn't come with a cd-rom, or any additional material, unless you purchase the teacher's edition...reading this textbook makes me yearn for Campbell.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes evolutionary biology interesting
Evolutionary biology can be extremely tedious for undergraduate students if one insists on teaching the more arcane debates as Fisher versus Shifting Balance. That might be good for a second course for future professionals, but if one starts with such stuff, students will lose all the interest in evolution they came with. 1-0 out of 5 stars horrible
Bought this one for Evolution class. It is a horrible excuse for a textbook. Do not buy this book unless it is for a middle school student. If the authors think this book has been written for an advanced audience, then I would suggest that anyone interested in learning evolution not attend University of Washington. ... Read more

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52. Investigations
by Oxford University Press, USA
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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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53. The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
by Harper Perennial
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I'd seen this book referenced too many times to count, but never picked it up until recently. However, I was disappointed with it in comparison to Ridley's others (Agile Gene, and Genome). Although he seems to dazzle people with evolutionary psychology (Just as Miller does in The Mating Mind, Wright does in Moral Animal, and Buss does in his books), Ridley falls into the same Evo Psyche troubles as the others listed above do.
4-0 out of 5 stars Dang it Ridley, you ruined everything!
Ok this book is awesome. However, whenever I see an attractive girl, I no longer think "wow, she is gorgeous". Now I think "hmm, the only reason i think she has great legs, a nice booty and pretty face is because my genes are programed to like that." Although, I will admit that it is REALLY interesting to know why certain traits are considered attractive and how evolution shaped our idea of beauty.
5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Speechless
This book turns the entire concept of intelligence inside out. Seriously mind-blowing. Excellent exercise in extended mental gymnastics. You won't be disappointed. ... Read more

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54. The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
by Random House Trade Paperbacks
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5-0 out of 5 stars We all wonder where we come from . . .
. . . and Spencer Wells provides many of the answers. Those of you who have seen his National Geographic special, also entitled _The Journey of Man_, will recognize the outline of this book, an exploration of what our genes (and those of people around the world) tell us about where and when our species got started, and how and when people occupied just about every part of the world. The book is able to go into far more detail, presenting clearly and convincingly our relatively recent African origins and the timing and likely routes of the migrations that brought modern humans to Australia, Europe and Asia, and, more recently, to the Americas and Polynesia. Along the way you'll learn why our genes clearly show that the Neandertals were cousins, but not ancestors, and that today's geographic "races" are far too closely related to have evolved from ancient to modern human form independently. The book is graced by pages of striking photos of people from around the globe, which add greatly to the fascinating scientific story that Wells tells. If you're at all interested in human origins, this is a must read. Robert Adler, author of _Science Firsts_ and _Medical Firsts_.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good but
I think it is amazing with the covorage what Mr Wells is doing but with knowing the facts that civilization originates from africa ie. The egyptians who were a colony from the south,Kenya Sudan regions thats were they found first Pharoah and monarch in the world/ along with the symbols and glyphs we associate with egypt
4-0 out of 5 stars Held my interest
I read this book in my free time over the course of three days, so obviously it held my interest. One would certainly need to read further to get a real understanding of the geneticists' methods, but this book wasn't meant to be a graduate level text. The account of human migration out of Africa is even better when accompanied by the migratory maps on the Genographic Project's web site. Minor criticisms: the photographs are stuck in the middle of the book without notes or explanation, and I could have done without the obligatory recitation of the PC we-are-all-the-same-despite-our-obvious-hereditary-differences mantra. The book has not convinced me to submit a sample to the Genographic Project: I don't need to pay 99 bucks to be told that my parents were European. ... Read more

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55. Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
by Simon & Schuster
Paperback (12 June, 1996)
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One of the best descriptions of the nature and implications of Darwinian evolution ever written, it is firmly based in biological information and appropriately extrapolated to possible applications to engineering and cultural evolution. Dennett's analyses of the objections to evolutionary theory are unsurpassed. Extremely lucid, wonderfully written, and scientifically and philosophically impeccable. Highest Recommendation! ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Caveat
I must play the devil's advocate here. While I pretty much agree with the previous reviews I have read here, my recommendation and approval comes with one caveat. For me, the book would have been much more enjoyable had Mr. Dennett not constantly reminded me of how well he thought of himself and how important and significant he thinks his own work is. Tedious might be an appropriate aphorism as well.
5-0 out of 5 stars And getting more dangerous every day
"Darwin's Dangerous Idea" by Daniel C. Dennett is a fantastic book but definitely not for the faint of heart. The book is almost 600 pages long and written in a style that requires college-level analysis to understand. My review can hardly do it justice but hopefully it might encourage you to buy it or at least to check it out of the library for a couple of weeks of interesting reading.
5-0 out of 5 stars Dennett is amazing - a quick review for the religious (as I used to be that way myself)
Dennett's metaphor for Darwinism is that acts like a Universal Acid upon everything it touches--and that means literally everything.It eats into the foundations of the hard sciences, the various and rather less solid underpinnings of the social sciences, the sometimes ridiculous and sometimes incisive branches of psychology, and the claims made as to any potential (though often simply vaporous and intentionally obscure) philosophical or theological `truths' in the round.There is nothing that it does not take a substantial bite from, and that fact cannot be avoided unless you merely opt for silly, ignorant avoidance, i.e., you either refute or run for cover!Bravo Dennett, then, as somebody needed to say this as loudly as possible.ALL the work we have done to understand ourselves and our origins needs to be refigured in the light of Darwin, and thankfully Dennett is both brave enough and smart enough to take the heat and rebound the criticism from numerous sources.Anyway, here are the facts as offered:
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56. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (Commemorative Edition) (Princeton Classic Editions)
by Princeton University Press
Hardcover (10 May, 2004)
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3-0 out of 5 stars An Obvious Classic But . . .
Let me start out by acknowledging that this is THE BOOK that started Game Theory as it exists today.While Bayesian statistics are an obvious precursor, everyone agrees that von Neumann's and Morgenstern's work was ground breaking.5-0 out of 5 stars Landmark work but heavy going
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57. Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality (Science Masters)
by Basic Books
Paperback (November, 1998)
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Many of us pursue fitness because we want to remain attractive to partners and potential partners, and we stay healthy so we can continue to have sex with those partners. But why do people care so much about sex? This book, written by an evolutionary biologist, explains how all the weird quirks of human sexuality came to be: sex with no intention of procreation, invisible fertility, sex acts pursued in private--all common to us, but very different from most other species. Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Laughable and Questionable
Diamond spends twenty one laughable pages on male lactation.What's next?How about implanting a uterus?After all, men are stronger and could probably carry babies better.
2-0 out of 5 stars Pretentious and lacking
I sincerely expected much more from the author of "Guns, Germs and Steel" than this booklet that thrives on the trivia of evolutonary psychology. It'sobious why is sex fun- to encourage reproduction - and I expected the author went beyond this self-evident fact. Bit it didn't. And, excuse me, Dr. Diamond, how you account for gay sex in your reasoning? Homosexuality is totallyoverlooked, yet it's one of the mayor puzzles ofhuman sexuality- and of sexuality in general.
4-0 out of 5 stars I know why! Do you?
Okay, for the most part this question is obvious. The answer is because if feels so gooooooood. The real question is why does it feel so good. How did we evolve to enjoy sex when to some extent the rest of the animal kingdom does it solely to get their genes into the next generation?
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58. Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative Traits
by Sinauer Associates
Hardcover (January, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive in scope
I read this book with the expectation that it would give me an idea of the extent to which organism traits or phenotypes are determined optimally. Discussions on evolution frequently regard the functioning and attributes of an organism as being optimal at the particular time in its evolutionary history. A successful theory of evolution as a theory of mathematical optimization would entail a thorough understanding of the evidence for this hypothesis of optimality of phenotypes. 5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
An amazing book that really tells you all you need to know about designingand analyzing quantitative genetic experiments.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book.
An awesome book. Everything you ever wanted to know about quantitative genetics and more. A must for every evolutionary biologist. ... Read more

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59. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
by Vintage
Paperback (30 May, 1995)
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Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spend twenty years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos studying natural selection.They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are four hundred at the time of the author's visit, or when there are over a thousand.They have observed about twenty generations of finches -- continuously.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thinking About Life
I have been raised in a highly fundamentalist environment, and had little idea what evolution or natural selection actually was before I read this book. It could not have been explained to me in a simpler or more understandable way. I was even more astonished to discover that evolution by means of natural selection is happening right now, not only to finches or guppies or soapberry bugs, but to every living thing around me. I am always seeking books that will make me think about the world in which I live. This is such a book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Introduction to Evolution
As a biology major I consider myself well versed in the principles and concepts of evolutionary theory.I have read innumerous books on the subject, both popular and technical.Given this background I would have to say that The Beak of the Finch is easily one of the best introductions an individual can get on the subjects of natural selection, evolution, and speciation.Jonathan Weiner's smooth prose makes the reading both easy (relatively) and enjoyable.That being said this is by no means a "simple" introduction to evolution. The book delves deeply into the intricacies of natural selection as addressed by the Grants and numerous other researchers.
4-0 out of 5 stars ...
This book was very good in showing how natural selection takes place. It was a very informative novel, and it gives the reader a very good understanding of evolution.However the book was very repetitive and the chapters did now flow well together. ... Read more

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60. Introduction to Protein Structure
by Garland
Paperback (15 January, 1999)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory text on Proteins
This is a great introductory text on protein science. It starts off with the basic chemistry of amino acids and polypeptides and goes from there into higher order structural organization of many proteins of many families. Reading this book allows one to think about protein function being a direct result of what the structure imposes. Although this is not a protein chemistry book, it's a great place to start appreciating how proteins do what they do following some elegant design principles.
5-0 out of 5 stars Basics of Protein Structure - Great for revision!
I used this book a lot for one of my undergraduate courses three years back.It's excellent at explaining the fundamentals of protein structure, it's written very clearly and the diagrams are easy to understand and appropriate.I found it particularly useful when studying immunology, the explanation of immunoglobulin structure, splicing, and mechanism of action was better than some of the other textbooks I used from the library.I finally bought a copy as reference and to aid revision of some basics while applying for research associate positions within the biochemistry field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible for those interested to learn the essentials of protein structure
This book is one of the best books that addresses the topic of protein structure.The book answers nearly all the questions that anybody interested to know about protein structure.Meanwhile, the authers provided clear examples about how elucidating a protein structure can hint for its function(example, B-lactoglobulin structure similarity to retinol binding proteins hints for its function as retinol binding protein in the mammals intestine).Besides, the organization of the book chapters made it so easy to read. Above all, the versatile illustrative examples and figures that the authers usedmake reading this book is really enjoyable for people have the basic background in biochemistry or those who are interested to building skills in biochemistry as well.The chapeters describing prediction of protein structure and methods to determine the protein structrue are really so valuable as a basic introduction about these broad topics.With basic biochemistry skills, this book will be so enjoyable. ... Read more

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