Suggested Reading List for Prospective Students
We are often asked to make suggestions for preparatory reading and for introducing new subjects that you might be considering. There is no prerequisite 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 

Author 
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) 6^{th} 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, 6th 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.


Evolution and Behaviour 

Author 
Title 
Publisher 
Coyne, J. 
Why Evolution is True 
Oxford University Press (2011) 
Dawkins, R. & Wong, Y. 
The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life (2nd Edition) 
Weidenfield & Nicholson (2016) 
Carroll, S. 
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom 
Quercus (2011) 
Roberts, A.  The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being  Heron (201) 
Davies, N.  Cuckoo, Cheating by Nature  Bloomsbury (2015) 
For those wishing to look at a suitable course textbook beforehand we suggest: 

Futuyma, D.J. & Kirkpatrick, M. 
Evolution (4th Edition) 
Oxford University Press (2017) 
Chemistry 

Author 
Title 
Publisher 
*J Keeler & P Wothers 
Why Chemical Reactions Happen 
O.U.P. 
P.W Atkins  Molecules  Scientific American 
Earth Sciences 

Author 
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 earth 
W. H. Freeman; 4th edition, c2004 
Materials Science 

Author 
Title 
Publisher 
*Ball, P. 
Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21^{st} 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 Alevel (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 

Author 
Title 
Publisher 
Ashcroft, F. 
The Spark of Life 
Penguin 
King, J.  Reaching for the Sun  C.U.P (2^{nd} edition) 
Physiology is a challenging subject, and we don't recommend that you attempt to work through a universitylevel textbook just yet. These books will be available to you in College libraries, so you may not need to purchase one for yourself. However, if you do wish to look at a textbook which covers the first term's materials, the best one to choose would be: 

Hill, R.W., Wyse, G.A. & Anderson, M.  Animal Physiology (4th Edition)  Sunderland: Sinauer Associates, Inc 
Mathematics 

Author 
Title 
Publisher 
Gowers, T. 
Mathematics: a very short introduction 
O.U.P. (2002) 
Körner, T.W. 
The Pleasures of Counting 
C.U.P. (1996) 
*Sivia, D.S. & Rawlings, S.G. 
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 

Mathematical Biology 

In addition to the books and websites suggested above for Mathematics, the following may be of interest in getting a sense of how mathematics and statistics are particularly important in biology:
We also recommend you remind yourself of certain topics, depending on whether you intend to study Mathematical Biology A or Mathematical Biology B (see: https://www.biology.cam.ac.uk/undergrads/nst/courses/mb/aandb). If you intend to study Mathematical Biology B, you should review the following topics from A Level Mathematics or equivalent: exponentials, logarithms, differentiation, integration and curve sketching. If you have studied any probability or statistics it would also make sense to look over your notes (but if not, do not worry as these topics will be taught assuming no prior knowledge). If you intend to study Mathematical Biology A, you must do the preparatory reading and work through the online course as described at https://www.biology.cam.ac.uk/undergrads/nst/courses/mb/aandb. 