If you’re years removed from your last high school biology class -- or if you’re just starting out as a student -- here’s a fast, effective and entertaining way to learn the ...
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Biology Demystified

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If you’re years removed from your last high school biology class -- or if you’re just starting out as a student -- here’s a fast, effective and entertaining way to learn the fundamental facts and concepts of biology.

Written in straightforward, easy-to-grasp language, Biology Demystified will help you understand basic and applied scientific information. As a result, you’ll gain "instant expertise" in biology -- even if you’ve had no previous formal training in the sciences. The author, an experienced biology professor, uses a host of clever techniques to help you soak up what you really need to know, including:

* Presenting "big picture" principles first -- followed by the details

* More than 150 illustrations for solid grounding in basic life sciences

* "Biological Order vs. Disorder" icons for easy category recognition

* A pronunciation guide for difficult biology terms

* Frequent self-testing and reviews to help you retain information

* The original Latin/Greek meanings of many biological terms with entertaining and informative illustrations

* And much, much more!

So if you’re looking for a deeper understanding of the world around you, let Biology Demystified be your shortcut!
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The new "Self-Teaching Guide" series from McGraw-Hill targets home-schooled students and career changers needing to brush up on science. Following earlier entries on physics, astronomy, and various mathematical topics, these latest are relatively readable but leave much to desired. Layman (biology, Joliet Junior Coll.) skimps on evolution, botany, and heredity and leans heavily toward etymology; one could score well on his tests by studying Latin and Greek instead of reading the text. Williams, a former technical writer, does not spend enough time on physical chemistry and electrochemistry. She exhibits a marked fondness for chemical history and foreign-language chemical terms-topics not generally given much weight in introductory chemistry courses. A glossary and additional practice problems would have been useful additions here. Both books offer idiosyncratic tests for self-assessment; both also lack thorough proofreading. Biology, for example, states that "modern land plants are the ancestors of primitive green algae," while Chemistry promises but omits an inside cover periodic table and describes bleach as a sodium hydroxide solution when it is a sodium hypochlorite solution. Biology's index is atrocious-incorrect page references and poor cross references abound-and Chemistry's needs improvement, too. Public and school libraries should instead consider other readable guides such as Donna Rae Siegfried's Biology for DummiesR or Ian Guch's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chemistry, but they should also be checked for errors and gaps in coverage. Note also that John T. Moore's Chemistry for DummiesR lacks practice problems, and none of these titles includes tests. Academic libraries should purchase the companion study guides published for many introductory textbooks. Not recommended.-Nancy R. Curtis, Univ. of Maine Lib., Orono Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071433877
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 6/26/2003
  • Series: Demystified
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 401
  • Sales rank: 354,320
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Dale Layman (Joliet, IL) is a Professor of Biology and Human Anatomy & Physiology at Joliet Junior College. A resident of Joliet, Illinois, Dr. Layman is a frequent author with many international honors and awards. He has more than 28 years of experience in the field of biological sciences.
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Table of Contents

PREFACEPART 1: GETTING READY FOR BIOLOGYChapter 1. The Coming of BiologyChapter 2. Patterns of LifeChapter 3. Evolution: From Dawn to DarwinTest: Part 1PART 2: THE UNIVERSAL BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFEChapter 4. Chemicals: The Tiniest BlocksChapter 5. Cells: The "Little Chambers" in Plants and AnimalsTest: Part 2PART 3: THE FIVE KINGDOMS OF LIFE, PLUS VIRUSESChapter 6. Bacteria and the "Homeless" VirusesChapter 7. The Protists: "First of All"Chapter 8. The Fungi: Not Just Mushrooms!Chapter 9. The Plants: "Kings and Queens" of the World of GreenChapter 10. Invertebrates As Special Animals: "Have You No Spine?"Chapter 11. The Arthropods: No Jointed Backbone, but "Jointed Feet"Chapter 12. The Chordata: Animals with a "Chord" In Their "Back"Test: Part 3PART 4: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF ANIMALSChapter 13. Skins and SkeletonsChapter 14. The Neuromuscular (Nerve-Muscle) ConnectionChapter 15. Glands and Their Hormone MessengersChapter 16. Blood and the Circulatory SystemChapter 17. Immune and Lymphatic Systems: "The Best Survival Offense Is a Good Defense!"Chapter 18. The Respiratory System: Breath of LifeChapter 19. "Getting the Goodies": Nutrition and the Digestive SystemChapter 20. Urine and (Gulp!) Sex in AnimalsTest: Part 4Final ExamAppendix: Answers to Quiz, Test, and Final Exam QuestionsIndex
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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    If you're lost - this is a must have

    I don't write reviews, however I want others to know this book will help you if you're lost.. I checked out and bought 14 different books from Biology for Dummies, Cliffs study solver biology to bio by Distefano, bio molecular approach.. This book explains the process of biology simply with illustrations - The author doesn't jump around, like many others -- makes it sort of like a recipe explaining step by step.. Don't pass this up- if you are having a difficult time it will clarify EVERYTHING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Overall, pretty incomplete. Missing many elements that should be in the book!

    If you need an "easy" book to supplement your studies,"Biology for Dummies" is more complete, and there is an AP version, too.

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