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Key Message: The best-selling biology textbook in the world just got better! Neil Campbell and Jane Reece’s BIOLOGY is the unsurpassed leader in introductory biology. The book's hallmark values—accuracy, currency, and passion for teaching and learning—have made Campbell/Reece the most successful book for readers for seven consecutive editions. More than 6 million readers have benefited from BIOLOGY’s clear explanations, carefully crafted artwork, and student-friendly narrative style.

Key Topics: Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life, The Chemical Context of Life, Water and the Fitness of the Environment,

Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life, The Structure and Function of Large Biological Molecules, A Tour of the Cell,

Membrane Structure and Function, An Introduction to Metabolism, Cellular Respiration: Harvesting Chemical Energy,

Photosynthesis, Cell Communication, The Cell Cycle, Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles, Mendel and the Gene Idea, The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance, The Molecular Basis of Inheritance, From Gene to Protein, Control of Gene Expression,

Viruses, Biotechnology, Genomes and Their Evolution, Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life, The Evolution of Populations, The Origin of Species, The History of Life on Earth, Phylogeny and the Tree of Life, Bacteria and Archaea,

Protists, Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized Land, Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed Plants, Fungi, An Introduction to Animal Diversity, Invertebrates, Vertebrates, Plant Structure, Growth, and Development, Transport in Vascular Plants,

Soil and Plant Nutrition, Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology, Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals,

Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function, Animal Nutrition, Circulation and Gas Exchange, The Immune System,

Osmoregulation and Excretion, Hormones and the Endocrine System, Animal Reproduction, Animal Development,

Neurons, Synapses, and Signaling, Nervous Systems, Sensory and Motor Mechanisms, Animal Behavior, An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere, Population Ecology, Community Ecology, Ecosystems, Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology.

Market Description: For readers interested in learning the basics of Biology.

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New edition of a text designed to help students construct a conceptual appreciation of life within the context of integrating themes and to inspire a more positive and realistic impression of science as a human activity. The core theme is evolution, the thread that ties all of biology together. Fifty-five chapters discuss the chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, mechanisms of evolution, the evolutionary history of biological diversity, plant and animal form and function, and ecology. Illustrated in color. The included CD-ROM contains 120 interactive exercises, animations, and lab simulations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805368444
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1393
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil A. Campbell

Neil Campbell combined the investigative nature of a research scientist with the soul of an experienced and caring teacher. He

earned his M.A. in Zoology from UCLA and his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Riverside, where he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001. Neil published numerous research articles on desert and coastal plants and how the sensitive plant (Mimosa) and other legumes move their leaves. His 30 years of teaching in diverse environments included general biology courses at Cornell University, Pomona College, and San Bernadino Valley College, where he received the college’s first Outstanding Professor Award in 1986. Neil was a visiting scholar in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. In addition to his authorship of this book, he coauthored Biology: Concepts & Connections and Essential Biologywith Jane Reece. Neil died shortly after the initial planning of this revision.

Jane B. Reece

Lead author Jane Reece, Neil Campbell’s longtime collaborator, has participated on every edition of BIOLOGY—first as an editor and contributor, then as an author. Her education includes an A.B. in Biology from Harvard University, an M.S. in Microbiology from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Bacteriology from UC Berkeley. Before migrating to California from the Northeast, she taught biology at Middlesex County College and Queensborough Community College. At UC Berkeley, and later as a postdoctoral fellow in genetics at Stanford University, her research focused on genetic recombination in bacteria. Besides her work on BIOLOGY,she has been a coauthor on Biology: Concepts & Connections, Essential Biology, andThe World of the Cell.

For the Eighth Edition, Jane is joined by five coauthors whose contributions reflect their biological expertise as scientific

researchers and their teaching sensibilities gained from years of experience as instructors.

Lisa A. Urry

Lisa Urry (Units 1-3, Chapters 2-21, and Chapter 47) is a professor at Mills College and was a major contributor

to the Seventh Edition. After graduating from Tufts University with a double major in Biology and French, Lisa completed her Ph.D. in Molecular and Developmental Biology at MIT. Following postdoctoral appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts

University, and UC Berkeley, she began teaching at Mills College in Oakland, California, where she currently holds the Letts-Villard

Professorship and serves as Chair of the Biology Department. She has published research articles on various topics involving

gene expression during embryonic development. Her current research interest is in sea urchin development. Lisa is also deeply

committed to promoting opportunities for women in science education and research.

Michael L. Ca in

Michael Cain (Units 4 and 5, Chapters 22-34) is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist currently at Bowdoin College. Michael earned a joint major in Biology and Math from Bowdoin College, an M. Sc. from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and

Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. After postdoctoral work in plant ecology at the University of Connecticut and molecular genetics at Washington University in St. Louis, Michael went on to teach general biology, ecology, and evolution in a diverse range of settings, including Carleton College, New Mexico State University, and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. Michael is the author of dozens of scientific papers on topics that include foraging behavior in insects and plants, long-distance seed dispersal, and speciation in crickets.

Peter V. Minorsky

Peter Minorsky (Unit 6, Chapters 35-39) revised Unit 6 for the Sixth and Seventh Editions and is a professor at Mercy College in New York, where he teaches evolution, ecology, botany, and introductory biology. He is also the science writer for the journal Plant Physiology. He received his B.A. in Biology from Vassar College and his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Cornell University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Peter taught at Kenyon College, Union College, Western Connecticut State University, and Vassar College. He is an electrophysiologist who studies plant responses to stress and is currently exploring the possible effects of geomagnetism on plant growth.

Steven A. Wasserman

Steve Wasserman (Unit 7, Chapters 40-46 and 48-51) is a professor at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his A.B. in Biology from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from MIT. Since a postdoctoral sojourn at UC Berkeley, where he investigated topological transformations of DNA, he has focused on regulatory pathway mechanisms. Working with the fruit fly Drosophila, he has contributed to the fields of embryogenesis, reproduction, and immunity. As a faculty member at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center and UC San Diego, he has taught genetics, development, and physiology to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. He has also served as the research mentor for more than a dozen doctoral students and nearly 40 aspiring scientists at the undergraduate and high school level. Steve has been the recipient of distinguished scholar awards from both the Markey Charitable Trust and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. He recently received the 2007 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching at UC San Diego.

Robert B. Jackson

Rob Jackson (Unit 8, Chapters 52-56) is a professor of biology and Nicholas Chair of Environmental Sciences at Duke University. He directed Duke’s Program in Ecology for many years and is currently the Vice President of Science for the Ecological Society of

America. Rob holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, as well as M.S. degrees in Ecology and Statistics and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Utah State University. He was a postdoctoral scientist in Stanford University’s Biology Department and an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Rob has received numerous awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the National Science Foundation. He has published a trade book about the environment, The Earth Remains Forever, and a children’s book of poetry called Animal Mischief. His second children’s book, Not Again, will be published in 2008.

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Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION: Themes in the Study of Life

UNIT ONE: THE CHEMISTRY OF LIFE

2. The Chemical Context of Life

3. Water and the Fitness of the Environment

4. Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life

5. The Structure and Function of Large Biological Molecules

UNIT TWO: THE CELL

6. A Tour of the Cell

7. Membrane Structure and Function

8. An Introduction to Metabolism

9. Cellular Respiration: Harvesting Chemical Energy

10. Photosynthesis

11. Cell Communication

12. The Cell Cycle

UNIT THREE: GENETICS

13. Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles

14. Mendel and the Gene Idea

15. The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

16. The Molecular Basis of Inheritance

17. From Gene to Protein

18. Control of Gene Expression

19. Viruses

20. Biotechnology

21. Genomes and Their Evolution

UNIT FOUR: MECHANISMS OF EVOLUTION

22. Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life

23. The Evolution of Populations

24. The Origin of Species

25. The History of Life on Earth

UNIT FIVE: THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

26. Phylogeny and the Tree of Life

27. Bacteria and Archaea

28. Protists

29. Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized Land

30. Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed Plants

31. Fungi

32. An Introduction to Animal Diversity

33. Invertebrates

34. Vertebrates

UNIT SIX: PLANT FORM AND FUNCTION

35. Plant Structure, Growth, and Development

36. Transport in Vascular Plants

37. Soil and Plant Nutrition

38. Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology

39. Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals

UNIT SEVEN: ANIMAL FORM AND FUNCTION

40. Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function

41. Animal Nutrition

42. Circulation and Gas Exchange

43. The Immune System

44. Osmoregulation and Excretion

45. Hormones and the Endocrine System

46. Animal Reproduction

47. Animal Development

48. Neurons, Synapses, and Signaling

49. Nervous Systems

50. Sensory and Motor Mechanisms

51. Animal Behavior

UNIT EIGHT: ECOLOGY

52. An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere

53. Population Ecology

54. Community Ecology

55. Ecosystems

56. Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    jam-packed and fun-filled

    This book explained everything in great detail and it was all fairly straightforward. Some of the information can be mind-boggling and very narrow at times, but that's bio for you. Basically, it's explanations are clearer than those of some other books out there, and it was nice to have such a competent book in such a vast subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    Nice updated version

    Useful book for Biology students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

    Not difficult to understand in the slightest.

    I am a sophomore in high school and find this book to be pleasantly simplistic though very thorough. The text is not 'jumbled together' as another might suggest, but very well organized into eight units, beginning with the fundamentals of atoms and molecules and working its way up to ecology. This text is also highly regarded in the eyes of the scientific community. Perfect for any Biology enthusiast.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    Question???

    Does this book come with mastery access biology code?

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

    Top Notch Textbook

    Logically organized, the key concepts are repeated and stated at the beginning of each chapter and each section. Important terms are in boldface and thoroughly defined in the glossary. Chapters are sequenced sagaciously. Abundant figures delve into more advanced concepts and provide appropriate background information.

    Textbooks literally do not get better than this. This book was designed to be easy to read and comprehensive which it accomplished in both aspects. All other undergraduate textbooks I have used pale in comparison to this wonderfully convenient biology student aid.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

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    Not good

    Horrible book. Well of course it is, it's a textbook, how could it be enjoyable.

    I will say I got an A in the class which means the authors probably knew what they were writing about. The biology concepts in the book were definitely solid, I learned a lot even though I only read about 3/4 of the book. Pictures were nice, good colors, solid spine, nice quality book.

    I thought about stuffing it full of fireworks and blowing it up, instead I sold it for a nice price. Wasn't too bad.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    tough read

    this is a complicated book- alot to take in- Would be nice if terms- or vocab was clarified in the begining of each chapter- and not just in the body of the reading- it does not high lite key points- and so if you are doing soemthing and need a quick reference- you need to review whole sections instead of just certain objectives.

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  • Posted March 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Biology 8th AP*Edition By Campbell, Reece et al.

    I thought some of the organization could've been better... clarity 8th vs. 7th is an improvment (it glosses over less archaic material) which i call an improvment. ::thumbsup here::

    It's good for AP Bio or any freshman bio course in college (intro of course). I gave it a low innovative rating (because 7th vs. 8th with exception of minutia and some photos, little changed, like the improvements or radical changes are so minor it's like no change at all).

    Recommendations reflect, um needs of basically AP Bio'ers/any potential USABO'ers. I also generally recommend sorry BN, checking out your local library for books before shelling out $100+ for any of these books, you'll be surprised what you can find free for tax dollars. LOL.

    Enjoy everyone! I recommend campbell to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    Overall A Good Book

    It is for the most part very detailed and the majority of topics are explained very well. I think a few chapters are somewhat vague. It is definately not an enjoyable read, but it gets the job done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2000

    This Book is Awesome

    I am a 17 year old high school senior and I am taking AP Biology. This book is one of the few text books that is enjoyable to read. It is excruciatingly detailed, but it is always explained clearly. There are many diagrams and examples to explain everything. In fact, it is so effective, that I read the cell respiration chapter ONCE and got a 97 on the test. There is a reason why this book is the college standard. Highly Reccommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2000

    Poor AP Textbook

    As a High schol student, taking an AP Biology course, this is not the most student oriented book out there, nothing is explained in simplemen terms, and while reading, have a dictionary within reach, It will come in handy.

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