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Reading List

NATURAL SCIENCES TRIPOS, PART IA, 2016-17

SUGGESTED READING LIST

We are often asked to make suggestions for preparatory reading and for introducing new subjects that you might be considering. There is no pre-requisite reading that needs to be done, but you may find the following books interesting and informative at a general level.  Please note that the books present an initial view of the subject and may not include material covered by the undergraduate course

You are NOT expected to purchase any of the books on this suggested reading list.

* Indicates which books are considered best to read.

 

Biology of Cells

 

  Title
  Publisher

Lewis Wolpert

How we live and why we die: the secret lives of cells

Faber and Faber (paperback)

For those wishing to look at a suitable course textbook beforehand we suggest:

B. Alberts et al

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Garland (paperback) (2014) 6th Edition

Although A level Biology is not a requirement for the Biology of Cells Course, if you have done little or no biology before, you may find it helpful to begin with a less advanced textbook. We suggest: Alberts, B. et al (2014) Essential Cell Biology, 4th Edition (Garland) In addition, some knowledge of Chemistry beyond GCSE is assumed and those who have not done A level Chemistry may find helpful explanations of chemical principles in a biological context in the following book: Biochemistry, 8th edition, Jeremy M. Berg, John L. Tymoczko and Lubert Stryer.

 

Computer Science

 Title
 Publisher

A Kee Dewdney

The new Turing omnibus

Computer Sciences Press 1993 (reprinted 2003, Palgrave Macmillan)

Kevin Houston

How to think like a mathematician

C.U.P. (2009)

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/preparation/

 

Evolution and Behaviour

 Title
 Publisher

Holland, P

The Animal Kingdom: A very short introduction

O.U.P. 2011

 

Dawkins, R. & Yang, W.

The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life

Weidenfield & Nicholson (2016)

Carroll, S.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Quercus (2005)

 

For those wishing to look at a suitable course textbook beforehand we suggest:

Barton, et al

 

Evolution

 

Cold Spring Harbour Lab. Press (2007)

 

Chemistry

 

 Title
 Publisher

P.W Atkins

Molecules

Scientific American

*J Keeler & P Wothers

Why Chemical Reactions Happen

O.U.P.

 
 
 

Earth Sciences

Title
Publisher

 

 

 

Langmuir, C. & Broecker, W.

How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind

 

Princeton University Press, 2012

For those wishing to look at a suitable course textbook beforehand we suggest:

*Press, F. & Siever, R.

Understanding the Earth

W. H. Freeman; 4th edition, 1986

 

 

 

Materials Science

 Title
 Publisher

*Ball, P.

Made to Measure: New Materials forthe 21st Century.

Princeton University Press

 

 

 

Gordon, J.E.

New Science of Strong Materials

Penguin

Miodownik, M.

Stuff Matters

Penguin

 

 

 


Physics

 
 

 

We do not recommend any particular books, although you are encouraged to read widely on subjects that interest you. You may find the Richard Feynman lectures available at  http://research.microsoft.com/apps/tools/tuva/index.html interesting. The most important thing you can do by way of preparation for the Part IA Physics course is to revise your A-level (or equivalent) courses in physics and mathematics, and to work through the mathematics worksheet that you have been sent by your college.  If you would like to try some problems before arriving, you may find the Isaac Physics website worth looking at, in particular the level 3 to 5 problems; however, this is not an essential requirement.  The web address is https://isaacphysics.org.        

 

 
 

Physiology of Organisms

 Title
 Publisher

Ashcroft, F.

King, J

The Spark of Life

Reaching for the Sun

Penguin

C.U.P (2nd edition)

Widmaier, EP

Why Geese don’t get Obese (and we do)

W H Freeman

 

 
 

Mathematics

 Title
 Publisher

Gowers, T

Mathematics: a very short introduction

O.U.P. (2002)

Tom W. Körner

The Pleasures of Counting

C.U.P. (1996)

*Sivia, DS & Rawlings, SG

Foundations of Science Mathematics

O.U.P.

Web links:

Plus magazine: http://plus.maths.org

Stem_nrich for Natural Science Maths: http://nrich.maths.org/6884

 

 

 

Elementary Mathematics for Biologists

 Title

 

 Publisher
Huff, D

How to Lie with Statistics

Pelican

*Foster, PC

Easy Mathematics for Biologists

CRC Press

Rowntree, D

Statistics without Tears - an Introduction for

Non-Mathematicians

Penguin

 

 

 

Mathematical Biology

 
 

 

We do not recommend any particular books, as there are none covering appropriate material at the correct level that would be suitable for self-study. However we do recommend some revision of the following topics from A Level Mathematics (or equivalent) as they will be used heavily in the first term: exponentials, logarithms, differentiation, integration and curve sketching.  If you have studied any statistics at school it would also make sense to look over your notes for that, but if not, do not worry, all statistical material will be taught assuming no prior knowledge.