Academic journal article Teaching Science

How Life Works: The Inside Word from a Biochemist

Academic journal article Teaching Science

How Life Works: The Inside Word from a Biochemist

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How Life Works: The Inside Word from a Biochemist

by William Elliott and Daphne Elliott

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing, 2015

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William Elliott and Daphne Elliott have produced a very accessible resource in How Life Works: The Inside Word from a Biochemist. I consider the resource to be a novella textbook; information is presented clearly with coloured illustrations to support it. While the resource lacks the detail one would find in a textbook, this makes it very accessible and a good introduction to biochemistry. At only 150 short pages, the book can fit in your pocket. The resource is well pitched for secondary biology and chemistry students as well as the lay reader.

The book explores fascinating subject matter and does it in a clear and engaging manner. Many of the major topics of biochemistry are covered, although I would have liked to have seen chapters dedicated to carbohydrates and fats. The coverage on proteins and enzymes is very good. The resource is also limited because no direct practical work is explained in the text. One of the main advantages of the resource is that it gives an excellent initial introduction on important concepts in chemistry. This gives the reader the background knowledge to understand the rest of the text. The resource builds well and is set out in a logical order.

How Life Works: The Inside Word from a Biochemist is scattered with interesting and informative 'boxes', which highlight current and real-life implications of the topics being explored. …

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