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How We Live and Why We Die: the secret lives of cells (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Lewis Wolpert

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How do we move, think and remember? Why do we get ill, age and die? Distinguished biologist Lewis Wolpert explains how cells provide the answers to the fundamental questions about our lives.

Cells are the basis of all life in the universe. Our bodies are made up of billions of them: an incredibly complex society that governs everything, from movement to memory and imagination. When we age, it is because our cells slow down; when we get ill, it is because our cells mutate or stop working.

In How We Live and Why We Die, Wolpert provides a clear explanation of the science that underpins our lives. He explains how our bodies function and how we derive from a single cell - the egg. He examines the science behind the topics that are much discussed but rarely understood - stem-cell research, cloning, DNA - and explains how all life evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, How We Live and Why We Die is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and, essentially, life itself.

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful Survey of cells - without a single diagram 23 novembre 2009
Par Tech Historian - Publié sur
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If you want to catch up on basic biology of the cell Lewis Wolpert had written the primer. In plain and precise english he takes through a tour of all that's known about the cells that make us who we are. If I was just rating the text, it deserves 5-stars.

Unbelievably this masterful text is dumped on the reader without a single diagram, drawing or illustration. You read this right. Imagine taking your college biology course by just reading 200+ pages of text. I spent hours reading a few pages and then getting on the web to find pictures or videos to help explain what I was reading. I finally gave up when I realized I should just go out and buy a book that had invested the time in illustrating these difficult concepts.

I don't know what the publisher was thinking and why the author would agree to this. If the purpose of the book was to provide the lay-reader with insight into the workings of the cell in the body, this is an unfinished book.

Kudo's to the writer for the text but not worth buying until the book is completed. Shame on the publisher for trying to do this on the cheap.
10 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating primer on the state of the art in cell biology 21 janvier 2010
Par DJ Outro - Publié sur
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Wolpert gives an expert's overview of everything we know as humans about our own cells. The book is appropriate for anyone with some vague familiarity with biology looking to get up to speed. However, there are two major flaws with this text. First, there are no pictures, diagrams, or even references to accompany the text. This makes understanding the process of cell division, for example, next to impossible. Second, there are glaring grammatical and basic style errors. I encountered many run-on sentences and sudden changes of topic in the middle of paragraphs. I would have expected better writing from such an acclaimed researcher and presumably reasonable editor! Regardless, I enjoyed reading it and recommend it as a primer for more in depth reading on biology elsewhere.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book does NOT need illustrations... 28 mars 2011
Par Walter - Publié sur
This book does NOT need illustrations. It is written almost as a stream of consciousness in which having to refer to an illustration would have been a distraction.
Concepts are absorbed and details retained without conscious effort. It is written like a narrative in which the before and after flow together seamlessly.
Initially, while reading it I thought it needed a editor but then I realized that would only have interrupted the flow and would not have contributed anything - it would have become as sterile as a textbook.
It is like a romance, in which the author scatters details of the characters which make them real.
The author's excitement and wonder shine through and are infectious.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Pretty good explainer, but pricey for size and lack of illustrations 11 septembre 2010
Par S. J. Snyder - Publié sur
I hadn't even thought about the lack of illustrations until a 1-star reviewer mentioned it. But, it's true. And, half a dozen basic drawings would have been enough.

Otherwise, as I note, the book is a solid overview of the whole nature of cellular life and death. There's nothing really new to the book, though, and at a nondiscount list price of $25 for something barely more than paperback size, that's just too much.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Basis of Life 29 septembre 2013
Par D. Wayne Dworsky - Publié sur
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The base of all life is the cell, of which all living things are composed. Cell study enables scientists to understand How We Live & Why We Die. Cells are amazingly adapted to gather proteins, enzymes and other molecular structures, which provide the building blocks and energy of life. Cells also provide the written instructions of how to build the organism, from their DNA.

Like a nail-biting mystery, the author unravels the secrets locked up in the cell. He reveals the grand contribution of Gregor Mendel and other great scientists who helped develop the theories that explains how life works. Many of these have given rise to new ways to study diseases and understand in a more profound way, the meaning of life itself.

Sensitive to the bases of all life, Wolpert goes on to explain how we become human, how we reproduce, how we move, think and feel, how we grow and why we age, how we survive, how cancer strikes, how deceases are caused and the origin of life. Although he explains his points from the perspective of a scientist, he succeeds in his use of very readable language and draws clear conclusions. A mind-expanding read.
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