- Tapa blanda: 160 páginas
- Editor: Springer; Edición: 1st ed. 1993. 2nd printing (24 de octubre de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0387982736
- ISBN-13: 978-0387982731
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The Machinery of Life (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 24 oct 2007
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"the drawings are among the most instructive one can find in structural biology, and the mechanisms of life are elegantly explained ... The genius of the book is in its simplicity ... a fresh and engaging book..." Nature "an impressive and original book...Elaborate and fascinating drawings present crowded sections of living cells..." Scientific American
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All living cells are made up of an extraordinary collection of tiny molecular machines, which orchestrate the millions of tasks needed for life. Cells build these machines for a variety of purposes: to digest food, to propel them to fertile feeding grounds or away from predators, to store the genetic blueprint, and to fight disease-causing invaders. The Machinery of Life is a journey into the sub-microscopic world of molecular machines. The reader is first introduced to the types of molecules built by cells: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and polysaccharides. In a series of distinctive illustrations, the reader is then guided through the interior world of cells, exploring the ways in which molecules work in concert to perform the processes of living. Finally, the book shows how vitamins, viruses, poisons, and drugs each have their effects on the molecules in our bodies. The author and illustrator, David Goodsell, has prepared a fascinating introduction to biochemistry for the nonspecialist. This book combines a clear text with an abundance of drawings and computer graphics that present the world of cells and their components in a new and unique way.
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The text is expertly tied to the illustrations; you may spend five minutes on one sentence, flipping between it and its associated figure, imagining the machinations that are going on at the sub-cellular level.
This is not to say that the text is opaque; it is very well written. However, to get the most out of the book, expect to spend far more time on its 160 pages than you would anticipate.
Most importantly, it left me with a feeling of awe. From the basics of how lipids work to create layers, to the ADP<->ATP transitions, it was utterly fascinating. I was also astounded by how apt the title was; many of the processes of life are akin to spring-driven clockwork mechanisms. Other mechanisms (DNA transcription) seem almost byzantine by comparison. It really changed my perception of how life works.