biochemistry has evolved into a massive and intriguing
interdisciplinary field. As a liaison between chemistry and biology, it
has become the subject which introduces chemists to biology and
biologists to chemistry.
The very nature of this science accounts for its steady introduction
into both the biology and chemistry curricula during the past decade.
Because of the usual arrangement of college programs, biochemistry has
generally been reserved for students in their junior and senior years
of study. However, significant reorganization of the biology and
chemistry curricula now underway in most colleges and universities
should permit - and often require - beginning undergraduates to study
in some detail this fascinating subject..
| This book was written with these students in mind.
Our objective is to allow
beginners to move into modern molecular biochemistry and to be carried
on to more difficult areas without getting bogged down.
We have thus emphasized the biologically important chemical compounds
and reaction mechanisms which the cell uses again and again in widely
We hope that anyone with some knowledge of science and curiosity about
biochemistry will find in this book stimulating discussions and
appropriate answers to his questions about the chemistry of life.
- from the Preface
Modern Topics in
Structure and Function of Biological Molecules
by Thomas P. Bennett and Earl Frieden
MacMillan Pub Co, 1966