Essentials of The Living World / Edition 2

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Overview

Cutting edge biological concepts delivered with a greater emphasis on evolution and a logical use of analogies.

In this Essentials version of George Johnson’s textbook, The Living World which is often considered to be a student favorite. Dr. Johnson has written this textbook from the ground up to be an engaging and accessible learning tool with an emphasis on "how things work and why things happen the way they do". This Essentials textbook features a straightforward, clear writing style and a wide variety of media assets to enhance the content of the textbook.

The strength of the second edition is the integration of many tools that are designed to inspire both students and instructors. The multi-media package for the new edition stretches students beyond the confines of the traditional textbook to include high interest video clips and animations of key biological concepts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073309354
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/6/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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

Part 1 The Study of Life

1 The Science of Biology

2 Evolution and Ecology

Part 2 The Living Cell

3 The Chemistry of Life

4 Molecules of Life

5 Cells

6 Energy and Life

7 Photosynthesis: Acquiring Energy from the Sun

8 How Cells Harvest Energy from Food

Part 3 The Continuity of Life

9 Mitosis

10 Meiosis

11 Foundations of Genetics

12 DNA: The Genetic Material

13 How Genes Work

14 The New Biology

Part 4 The Evolution and Diversity of Life

15 Evolution and Natural Selection

16 Exploring Biological Diversity

17 Evolution of Microbial Life

18 Evolution of Plants

19 Evolution of Animals

Part 5 The Living Environment

20 Ecosystems

21 Populations and Communities

22 Behavior and the Environment

23 Plant Under Stress

Part 6 Animal Life

24 The Animal Body and How It Moves

25 Circulation

26 Respiration

27 The Path of Food Through the Animal Body

28 Maintaining the Internal Environment

29 How the Body Defends Itself

30 The Nervous System

31 Chemical Signaling Within the Animal Body

32 Reproduction and Development

Part 7 Plant Life

33 Plant Form and Function

34 Plant Reproduction and Growth
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