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Overview

BIOLOGY is an authoritative majors textbook with evolution as a unifying theme. In revising the text, McGraw-Hill has consulted extensively with previous users, noted experts and professors in the field. It is distinguished from other texts by its strong emphasis on natural selection and the evolutionary process that explains biodiversity.

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A hefty but eye-catching introductory text for undergraduates, featuring a wealth of color photos and explanatory diagrams, boxed readings on current issues, and descriptions of real-life student projects, as well as chapter summaries and review and discussion questions. Coverage includes energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, viruses, homeostasis, and reproduction. This fourth edition emphasizes evolution and the relevance of biology to everyday life and reinforces conceptual thinking, while offering expanded cell and molecular coverage. CD-ROM, tape, and print supplements are available. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072965810
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 82

Meet the Author

Peter H. Raven, Ph.D., is director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Engelmann professor of botany at Washington University at St. Louis. He oversees the garden's internationally recognized research program in tropical botany—one of the world's most active in the study and conservation of imperiled tropical habitats. Raven's botanical research and work in the area of tropical conservation have earned him numerous honors and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship. He has written 17 textbooks and more than 400 articles, and he is a member of th National Academy of Science and the National Research Council.

George B. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis and a professor of genetics at the university's School of Medicine. He is a prolific author of life science texts and curriculum products in a variety of media. New to his list of works are the Explorations of Human Biology CD-ROM and the textbook Human Biology, both offered by Wm. C. Brown Publishers.

Johnson is acknowledged as an authority on population genetics and evolution variability, and he has published more than 50 research papers dealing with these and related topics. Visitors to the St. Louis Zoo can appreciate Johnson's work in the Living World, the educational center of which he is the founding director.

Susan Singer is the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences in teh dpartment of biology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she has taught introductory biology, plant biology, genetics, plant development, and developmental genetics for 20 years. Her research interests are focused on the development and evolution of floweringplants. Singer has authored numberous scientific publications on plant development, contributed chapters to developmental biology texts, and is actively involved with teh education efforts of several professional societies. She received the American Society of Plant Biology's Excellence in Teaching Award, serves on teh National Academies Board on Science Education, and chaired the NRC study committee that produced America's Lab Report.

Jonathan Losos is a Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Losos's research has focused on studying patterns of adaptive ratiation and evolutionary diversification in lizards. The recipient of several awards including hte prestigious Theodosius Dobzhansky and David Starr Jordan Prizes for outstanding young evolutionary biologists, Losos has published more than 100 scientific articles.

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Table of Contents

I The Origin of Living Things
1 The Science of Biology
2 The Nature of Molecules
3 The Chemical Building Blocks of Life
4 The Origin and Early History of Life
II Biology of the Cell
5 Cell Structure
6 Membranes
7 Cell-Cell Interactions
8 Energy and Metabolism
9 How Cells Harvest Energy
10 Photosynthesis
11 How Cells Divide
III Genetic and Molecular Biology
12 Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis
13 Patterns of Inheritance
14 DNA: The Genetic Material
15 Genes and How They Work
16 Gene Technology
17 Genomes
18 Control of Gene Expression
19 Cellular Mechanisms of Development
20 Molecular Biology and Medicine
IV Evolution
21 Genes within Populations
22 The Evidence for Evolution
23 The Origin of Species
24 Evolution and Phylogeny
V Diversity of Life on Earth
25 Systematics and the Phylogenetic Revolution
26 Viruses
27 Prokaryotes
28 Protists
29 Overview of Plant Diversity
30 Fungi
31 Overview of Animal Diversity
32 Noncoelomate Invertebrates
33 Coelomate Invertebrates
34 Vertebrates
VI Plant Form and Function
35 Plant Form
36 Vegetative Plant Development
37 Transport in Plants
38 Plant Nutrition
39 Plant Defense Responses
40 Sensory Systems in Plants
41 Plant Reproduction
VII Animal Form and Function
42 The Animal Body and How It Moves
43 Fueling Body Activities: Digestion
44 Circulation and Respiration
45 The Nervous System
46 Sensory Systems
47 The Endocrine System
48 The Immune System
49 Maintaining the Internal Environment
50 Sex and Reproduction
51 VertebrateDevelopment
VIII Ecology and Behavior
52 Behavioral Biology
53 Population Ecology
54 Community Ecology
55 Dynamics of Ecosystems
56 The Biosphere
57 Conservation Biology

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    I have used this book for my AP Biology class and comparing this book to other books, I have never seen such an easier book to follow. The details in the pictures as well as the footnotes is what amazes me and this book is still helping me today as I prepare for biology tutoring as well as undergraduate honors biology at UW-Madison. This book is what I would suggest to any undergraduate interested in reading about introductory biology.

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