The Basics Of Biology

The Basics Of Biology

by Carol Stone
     
 

This volume provides students an introduction to the science of biology. It details the history of biology, as well as many of the field's basic theories and concepts for students. It demonstrates the modern tools and techniques that biologists use today. The book presents the most noteworthy discoveries in biology, including those that affect our daily lives, and

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This volume provides students an introduction to the science of biology. It details the history of biology, as well as many of the field's basic theories and concepts for students. It demonstrates the modern tools and techniques that biologists use today. The book presents the most noteworthy discoveries in biology, including those that affect our daily lives, and easy experiments are provided for students to replicate for biology assignments or their own personal study.

This volume is part of a four-volume series on the Basics of Hard Sciences. These volumes—Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics—will teach high school and college students everything they need to know to prepare research papers and classroom projects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313317866
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Series:
Basics of the Hard Sciences Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Chapter 1The Biosphere1
From Organisms to Ecosystems1
Changing Populations20
Chapter 2The Evolution of Life25
Explaining Changes over Time25
Explaining Geographic Similarities and Differences34
Evolution by Natural Selection46
Adaptations and Survival48
The Human Species54
The Origin of Life59
Chapter 3Cells and Genetics63
The Study of Cells64
Explaining Variations74
Inheritance and Evolution82
DNA, RNA, and Protein85
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology90
Chapter 4Organs and Systems101
From Cells to Organ Systems103
Using and Distributing Materials in the Body105
Shielding and Supporting the Body119
Sending Chemical and Electrical Signals in the Body125
Creating a New Individual136
Chapter 5A Survey of Organisms143
The Beginnings of Classification143
The Five-Kingdom System146
Chapter 6Humans in the Biosphere179
Human Population Growth180
Human Effects on Natural Resources181
Science as a Human Endeavor190
The Future of the Biosphere191
Chapter 7Investigations201
The Biosphere202
The Evolution of Life203
Cells and Genetics204
Organs and Systems205
A Survey of Organisms207
Humans in the Biosphere208
Answers to Questions211
Appendix 1.Investigating Biology on the Internet215
Appendix 2.Units of Measurement: Metric System and English System219
Appendix 3.Landmarks in Biology221
Glossary227
Selected Bibliography249
For Further Reading251
Index257

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