Could you recommend some good cell/genetic biology books to read to get a general handle on the topic? I'm well read in engineering and physics but pretty lacking when it comes to biology. My grandfather was a microbiologist for a few decades and listening to his stories made me interested in cells and the like.
Bookshelf: Part One
Biology & Genetics
First of all, you might want to have a look at some textbook, such as:
Biology by Campbell & Reece.
Molecular Biology of the Cell by Bruce Alberts, etc.
Concepts of Genetics by William S. Klug etc. …
Then you can move more easily through popular science. My favourite books (in English) on genetics/biology are
DNA: The Secret of Life by James D. Watson.
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean.
The Snoring Bird by Bernd Heinrich.
The Snoring Bird is not entirely related to the topics you specified, but I love this book (I am particularly interested in the ideological clash between “modern” biologists vs.“old-fashioned” naturalists) and when you have mentioned your grandfather, you have reminded me of it.
It goes without saying (… or not) that you can’t delve into all this without knowing the theory of evolution, it’s like trying to build a skyscraper without foundation or scaffolding.
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Naturejobs Career toolkit: Advice on CVs/resumes, interviews, networking, career advancement and options
This is a great list to start with. Definitely worth looking into for those who are interested in working in science/STEM but are on-the-fence, or just don’t know what’s out there. Hopefully some of you find this useful or can even add a few things to it!
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I don’t think anyone has suggested this fantastic site as of yet, so thank you very much, populex, for the great submission! The courses offered here look very interesting, covering a range of multiple topics spreading into a plethora of differing fields, which include five featured courses which are Sustainability, Intro to Forensic Science, Critical Listening for Studio Production, Climate Change: Challenges & Solutions, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Text, Performance, & Culture. View a complete list courses offered currently here.
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This is absolutely wonderful, thank you for sharing this educational opportunity with all of TSR’s readers! Hopefully many of you will find this useful. If you can’t find a course concerning a specific interest of yours, make sure to check out the rest of free online courses, video lectures, and text books linked here on my extra resources page.
And as I will continue to harp with every related post, please don’t forget to find and read all Terms & Conditions for any free online courses you sign up for; most online courses will not offer transferrable/recognizable credits for accredited academic institutions [such as colleges, high schools, etc.] unless specifically stated. Enjoy the educational expansion!
could you perhaps link me to the post where there's a whole bunch of links to online university courses that are free? I had it in my likes on here but I can't seem to find it! sorry for bothering you but it would be a great help if you could give me a link to it, thank you!
Of course, dear! TSR actually has multiple posts concerning free online courses and self education resources, so I’ll post the links to each below for you to browse over on your own time, as I’m not completely sure which one in particular you’re referring to.
Please, please make sure to read the terms and agreements for each and every site you use and/or sign up for, especially in case you’re looking for transferrable credits, as many of the sites courses aren’t legally credible in known educational institutions unless otherwise stated. I’ve put a warning on a few of the posts, as well as my Resources for Self Education page, which I also suggest checking out here.
You’re no bother at all, no need to apologize. I need to update my FAQs, so this happens more times than not as I’m more familiar with the whereabouts and tags of certain posts than you all. I’d rather my readers ask me for help finding something they find useful as opposed to just giving up and never finding it at all. I hope this gives you some good tools, and if you need any further help my ask is always open. Enjoy!!
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- A cluster around the topic dark energy shows that it spans multiple fields, including quantum cosmology, quantum physics, and condensed matter.
The study of the universe is a universe itself. An infographic designed by two physicists maps the hundreds of thousands of studies in arXiv, an open repository for physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, finance, and statistics papers that is maintained by Cornell University. The category of a paper’s research determines the color of its circle, and the more cited the paper is, the bigger its circle. Each marker is placed according to the number of references it takes to get from it to each other paper. Accordingly, papers are clustered around topics, such as extrasolar planets, dwarf stars, and superconductivity. Some multicolored clusters show where disciplines intersect around topics like neutrinos, dark matter, dark energy, and networks. Toggle the heat map to color each study according to its age to see which topics are getting the most attention. To learn more about how the infographic works, see its blog.
A few more freebies for you…
Thanks for the post, here are a few more:
This is a wonderful submission, thank you so much, fandomscribe! As always, TSR is looking for more and more useful self-education resources to share with the readers. If any of you don’t see a website, book, etc. that you know would be perfect either on TSR’s Self-Education Resources page here, or the resources tag here, please feel free to send a message here with the links and/or titles, or submit them here.
As a side-note, it doesn’t have to be strictly covering science-education, and can cover any and all topics, as long as it’s a reliable source. Also please check the resources page & tag linked above before submitting any links and/or titles, if possible, as many repeated sites and sources get submitted continually. [Which isn’t bad, it’s just easier to sift through my inbox if I don’t have to weed out a bunch of repeats.]
Enjoy expanding your minds and exploring self-education!