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Experiments are the plot that holds the story of biology together. ASKING ABOUT LIFE uses the process of experimentation to describe the scientific process and to illustrate the personal and professional motives that drive scientists to work so hard at asking and answering questions. In this important revision, the authors continue to use thought-provoking chapter-opening stories to engage students in the process of science. At the same time, they focus on making the text more accessible through streamlined coverage (100 fewer pages in this edition) and a refined organization and design. New features make it easier for students to remember the main ideas. For example, Key Questions begin each chapter, main headings are numbered to make it easier for students to locate previously read information, and Chapter Summaries are organized around Key Questions. All these features provide consistency throughout each chapter. Student support is also a main focus. A student CD-ROM, BiologyNow, packaged FREE with each copy of the text includes questions created around the text's opening stories and uses diagnostic pre-tests to generate a personalized learning plan for each student. Students also receive FREE access to InfoTrac College Edition, an online university library with articles from 5,000 periodicals. vMentor, a FREE online live tutoring service rounds this powerful student supplements package. For instructors, a Multimedia Manager provides all the text art in PowerPoint form, as well as a great Instructor's Guide, an Electronic Test Bank, and WebTutor course management options. Instructors will receive CNN clips in the multimedia manager but the full set of CNN Today video clips (294 in all) is available to adopters as well. Updated throughout, the Third Edition captures the terrific excitement of current 21st century science and is accompanied by powerful new learning tools that expand the text's themes.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I have always liked the style of Tobin and Dusheck. The text is readable and student friendly."

"I have always liked the style of Tobin and Dusheck. The text is readable and student friendly."

"I felt the chapters were well-written and had an easy, conversational tone that will be appreciated by students. The writing was very appropriate for the level of students in our 100-level biology courses at NMC. The chapters touched on currently important concepts but did not get too detailed with terminology."

"I particularly liked the readability of the 3rd edition and the use of common analogies. The 2nd edition was readable too, but it's even better in the 3rd edition."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534406530
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/11/2004
  • Edition description: 3RD PKG
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 960
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Tobin's undergraduate degree from MIT is in literature and biology and his doctoral degree is in biophysics with an emphasis on physical biochemistry. For more than 35 years he has taught introductory courses in general biology, cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, and neuroscience. He is the recipient of the U.C. Los Angeles Faculty Teaching and Service Award and is regarded as an excellent and highly interactive teacher.

Jennie Dusheck has an undergraduate degree in zoology from U.C. Berkeley and her master's degree is also in zoology. She also holds a certificate in science writing from U.C. Santa Cruz. Dusheck has written for "Science News," "Science Magazine," and other publications. From 1985 to1993 she was the Principal Editor at U.C. Santa Cruz and has received several national awards including the Gold Medal for Best-in-Category from the National Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. As a biologist she has studied the effects of light intensity on bird song, social behavior in field mice, food preferences of deer, cattle and skipper butterflies as well as axis formation in Xenopus laevis.

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Table of Contents

Part I: CHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY. 1. How Do Biologists Study Life? 2. The Chemical Foundations of Life. 3. Biological Molecules Great and Small. 4. Why Are All Organisms Made of Cells? 5. Directions and Rates of Biochemical Processes. 6. How Do Organisms Supply Themselves with Energy? 7. Photosynthesis: How Do Organisms Get Energy from the Sun? Part II: GENETICS - THE CONTINUITY OF LIFE. 8. Cell Reproduction. 9. From Meiosis to Mendel. 10. The Structure, Replication, and Repair of DNA. 11. How Are Genes Expressed? 12. Viruses, Jumping Genes, and Other Unusual Genes. 13. Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA. 14. Human Genetics. Part III: EVOLUTION. 15. What Is the Evidence for Evolution? 16. Microevolution: How Do Populations Evolve? 17. Macroevolution: How Do Species Evolve? 18. How Did the First Organisms Evolve? Part IV: DIVERSITY. 19. Classification: What's in a Name? 20. Prokaryotes: How Does the Other Half live? 21. Classifying the Protists and Multicellular Fungi. 22. How Did Plants Adapt to Dry Land? 23. Protostome Animals: Most Animals Form Mouth First. 24. Deuterostome Animals: Echinoderms and Chordates. Part V: ECOLOGY. 25. Ecosystem Dynamics. 26. Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems. 27. Communities: How Do Species Interact? 28. Populations: Extinctions and Explosions. 29. The Ecology of Animal Behavior. Part VI: STRUCTURAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS OF FLOWERING PLANTS. 30. Structural and Chemical Adaptations of Plants. 31. How Do Plants Move Water and Sugars? 32. Growth and Development of Flowering Plants. 33. How Do Plants Respond to Their Environment? Part VII: STRUCTURAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS OF ANIMALS. 34. Form and Function in Animals. 35. How Do Animals Move? 36. How Do Animals Obtain Nourishment from Food? 37. How Do Animals Coordinate the Actions of Cells and Organs? 38. How Do Animals Move Blood Through Their Bodies? 39. How Do Animals Breathe? 40. How Do Animals Manage Water, Sales, and Wastes? 41. Defense: Inflammation and Immunity. 42. The Nervous System and the Sense Organs. 43. The Cells of the Nervous System. 44. Sexual Reproduction. 45. How Do Organisms Become Complete?

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