The bio department at my university encouraged that I "take a look at" Alberts' Molecular Biology of the Cell over this summer in preparation for a course next year. The problem with this is that I don't want to actually buy a $100+ book just for that, but the only book I have borrowing access to is the 1983 edition (the latest edition is 2008, I believe). My question is whether or not this would be a good thing to use. I'd imagine cell biology has seen a lot of changes over the past 3 decades. Thoughts?