I’m looking for internationally applauded textbooks on fundamental biology. Books that are a must for a pre-medicine student/high school advanced. Currently, I study Biology by Neil Campbell, Jane Reece(and team) and I really like it. What I’m looking for is 21st century pedagogy and a modern writing style(as opposed to a stiff, unfriendly writing style that reads like a fact presentation pamphlet); books so good you don’t need an amazing teacher(which I definitely do not have.) Thanks. P.S.- If you have come across amazing books in branches of biology like say biochemistry or neuroscience or immunology, even those suggestions are welcome. P.P.S- My question is distinct from the “Books for beginners” question asked by user31782 because: 1.cost is no bar 2.I am not a beginner in biology, I’m studying pre medicine; and 3.All the resources suggested in the answers, I already know about them/have used them.
For fundamental mammalian cell biology, and molecular biology, and fundamental biochemistry: "The Molecular Biology of the Cell" by Bruce Alberts and colleagues.
It is mostly written for first semester students at university and thus summarizes the basics in a very clear way. Moreover they state whenever findings have some ambiguity, and they use many nicely drawn pictures to convey abstract concepts. Despite its approachability it covers most fundamental topics of many domains (also diseases).
While the ~2,000 pages of the complete edition might seem a bit intimidating they rarely provide unnecessary detail, and the individual chapters are written in a very concise way (even allowing you to skip some of them).
Biology by Brooker (and now additional authors Widmaier, Graham, and Stiling) 4th edition is one which I used, and I quite liked it. Great presentation of information, in my opinion.
Textbook of Medical Physiology by Guyton and Hall, though not friendly, is a decent book.
I mostly have recommendations in the field of biopsychology, etc.
Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain by Bear, Connors, Paradiso (2016 ver) is colourful, inviting and VERY friendly! Great for high school advanced or pre-med, though I suppose if you want more details in neuroscience, you'll need something like Kandel.
Best textbook is no textbook. Don't read textbooks. Textbooks are overpriced reviews.
Do a literature search like a scientist. Create a list of keywords from the books you already have. Search PubMed for review papers containing the keywords in the titles or abstracts and read:
- sentences containing the keywords;
- entire abstracts;
- skim through the papers (look for pictures).
If you collect all papers for each keyword, thousands in some cases, you can learn a lot by reading just the titles. Some programming skills will be useful.
I really like The Molecules of Life: Physical and Chemical Principles from John Kuriyan. It does a good job of introducing basic to intermediate principles in biochemistry. In particular it is a great introduction to protein biochemistry and pharmacology.