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Neil Campbell and Jane Reece's BIOLOGY remains unsurpassed as the most successful majors biology textbook in the world. This text has invited more than 4 million students into the study of this dynamic and essential discipline.The authors have restructured each chapter around a conceptual framework of five or six big ideas. An Overview draws students in and sets the stage for the rest of the chapter, each numbered Concept Head announces the beginning of a new concept, and Concept Check questions at the end of each chapter encourage students to assess their mastery of a given concept. New Inquiry Figures focus students on the experimental process, and new Research Method Figures illustrate important techniques in biology. Each chapter ends with a Scientific Inquiry Question that asks students to apply scientific investigation skills to the content of the chapter.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780805366242
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Edition description: 6TH BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 1175
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil A. 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. Dr. Campbell published numerous research articles on how certain desert plants thrive in salty soil and how 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 Bernardino Valley College, where he received the college's first Outstanding Professor Award in 1986. Most recently Dr. Campbell 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 Biology with Jane Reece. Each year, over 600,000 students worldwide use Campbell/Reece biology textbooks.

Jane B. Reece has worked in biology publishing since 1978, when she joined the editorial staff of Benjamin Cummings. 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 the University of California, Berkeley. At UC Berkeley and later as a post-doctoral fellow in genetics at Stanford University, her research focused on genetic recombination in bacteria. Dr. Reece taught biology at Middlesex County College (New Jersey) and Queensborough Community College (New York). As an editor at Benjamin Cummings, Dr. Reeceplayed major roles in a number of successful textbooks. In addition to being a coauthor with Neil Campbell on BIOLOGY, Biology: Concepts & Connections, and Essential Biology, she coauthored The World of the Cell, Third Edition, with W.M. Becker and M.F. Poenie.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life 2
2 The Chemical Context of Life 25
3 Water and the Fitness of the Environment 41
4 Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life 53
5 The Structure and Function of Macromolecules 63
6 An Introduction to Metabolism 89
7 A Tour of the Cell 110
8 Membrane Structure and Function 140
9 Cellular Respiration: Harvesting Chemical Energy 159
10 Photosynthesis 182
11 The Reproduction of Cells 204
12 Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles 225
13 Mendel and the Gene Idea 238
14 The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance 262
15 The Molecular Basis of Inheritance 281
16 From Gene to Protein 297
17 Microbial Models: The Genetics of Viruses and Bacteria 324
18 Genome Organization and Expression in Eukaryotes 351
19 DNA Technology 369
20 Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life 399
21 The Evolution of Populations 416
22 The Origin of Species 436
23 Tracing Phylogeny: Macroevolution, the Fossil Record, and Systematics 454
24 Early Earth and the Origin of Life 486
25 Prokaryotes and the Origins of Metabolic Diversity 498
26 The Origins of Eukaryotic Diversity 518
27 Plants and the Colonization of Land 547
28 Fungi 573
29 Invertebrates and the Origin of Animal Diversity 589
30 The Vertebrate Genealogy 628
31 Plant Structure and Growth 668
32 Transport in Plants 692
33 Plant Nutrition 711
34 Plant Reproduction and Development 727
35 Control Systems in Plants 750
36 An Introduction to Animal Structure and Function 779
37 Animal Nutrition 796
38 Circulation and Gas Exchange 819
39 The Body's Defenses 852
40 Controlling the Internal Environment 879
41 Chemical Signals in Animals 912
42 Animal Reproduction 937
43 Animal Development 963
44 Nervous Systems 993
45 Sensory and Motor Mechanisms 1026
46 An Introduction to Ecology: Distribution and Adaptations of Organisms 1061
47 Population Ecology 1093
48 Community Ecology 1118
49 Ecosystems 1145
50 Behavior 1172
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004


    I loved this book, especially the CD-ROM! It helped me pass my biology class!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005


    This textbook is one of the best I've read so far. Conceptually, Campbell and Reece do a great job not only introducing their lessons, but piece together the processes of life at an organized and highly-acceptable level. I bought this book during my high school years (in Ap Biology), and am now at the University of Berkeley majoring in biochemistry. I owe a considerable amount of my current knowledge of biology to this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    Not for a High Schooler

    I'm a sophomore in high school taking this AP Bio class that uses this textbook. It's driving me crazy because theres just so much! Maybe if I were a little older it would be a very good book, but right now I want to destroy it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004


    This text contains a very general overview of many topics in biology. The chapters are simple, and include just the right amount of detail for a college freshman. Many of the topics covered are done so in a very simplistic manner, and the use of an outside reference might be helpful. Overall, a great book that has taught biology to millions. Hopefully the legacy of this text will continue despite the unfortunate death of its original author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2004

    great book!

    I used this book for AP biology and I will continue to use it in college for reference in higher biology classes because it's so good. It has everything you need to know and organizes it well. It can get a bit descriptive in some parts, but all in all it's awesome. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Too Much is not To Good

    Hi, im a sophomore in ap bio this year, and we used this book. This book, however great it may be has some faults. Firstly, it goes way to much into detail. This can be a bad thing, becuse the diagrams then have to inclue everything, and therefore get hard to read, and are annoying, when you are trying to review for a test. Also, come review time, it is hard because there is so much material, alot of which is somewhat useless. Good overall, but too much stuff and very complicated diagrams.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Great book, just one problem

    I loved this book for both of the Freshman Bio classes I've had. My only problem I've had is that at certain points the thing reads like stereo instructions! However, overall it's a great text book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    One of The Finest

    Biology by Campbell & Reece is one of the finest biology textbooks around. It covers a very wide variety of topics in Biology. The topics covered are essential ones; certainly a no nonsense textbook. Suitable for college and pre-U programmes worldwide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    a reviewer

    This is the still-amazing 6th edition of the Biology textbook my AP high school class would often "lose" so that we could purchase them at a used price from the school. (We _wanted_ to keep THIS textbook!) The text is incredibly thorough, yet easy to understand, with fantastic illustrations. Now that preparing to return to college life, I'm estatic that this book is still being used. In fact, I'm signing up to take Biology earlier than I had intended, simply because I know this book is being used for the class, and that I'll want to be sure and "lose" this copy, too, so it can become a part of my permanent reference library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002


    This is a wonderful textbook. It is easy to understand, has lots of illustrations to aid this understanding and never becomes boring like many textbooks. It does all this while offering a huge amount of information in great detail. It definitely played a part in my 5 on the AP Biology exam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2002

    the best biology textbook ever

    this is the best biology textbook available. it is very thorough, yet does not become boring. its illustrations help u understand the text. it can help u prepare for anything. mr. knight was great!

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