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The Stuff of Life: Profiles of the Molecules That Make Us Tick-Eric P. Widmaier

  • Title: The Stuff of Life: Profiles of the Molecules That Make Us Tick
  • Author: Eric P. Widmaier
  • Released: 1957-08-13
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  • Pages: 162
  • ISBN: 0716737639
  • ISBN13: 978-0716737636
  • ASIN: 0716737639

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From Whether it betokens a higher power at work or a purely material impetus toward order, biochemistry is the name of the game of life, and surely few explain it as clearly and concisely as Boston University biologist Widmaier. He starts with the practical fundamentals: the structure of the atom and how that structure allows the creation of molecules, which are the machines, the fuels, and the building blocks of matter. The rest of his neat little primer explains various life-sustaining molecules in the body by function; that is, according to whether they lay down an organism's physical plan, generate energy, enable digestion, sustain proper levels of bodily fluids, use gases from outside of and within the body, build the body's structural tissues, permit reproduction and heritability, and make possible mental and physical states and exertion. If the index (unavailable for review) is as good as the text proper, this could be everybody's dandy brief reference to how humans work, at least until several of the still-mysterious purposes of body molecules are divined. Ray Olson
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Review "Widmaier leads the nonscientist through a compendium of molecules that influence our health, behavior, and thoughts. It is a superb introduction, with science that is up-to-date and writing that is extremely lucid."
-Robert Sapolsky, author of A Primate's Memoir

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