Biology / Edition 8

Biology / Edition 8

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Biology / Edition 8

The Sixth Edition of BIOLOGY by Neil Campbell and Jane Reece builds upon the earlier versions' dual goals to both help readers develop a conceptual appreciation of life within the context of integrating themes, and to inspire readers to develop more positive and realistic impressions of science as a human activity. <P>The authors have thoroughly updated each of the book's eight units to reflect the existing progress in our understanding of life at its many levels, from molecules to ecosystems. Examples of updated content include the Human Genome Project, the revolution in systematics, HIV as a research model in evolutionary biology, the role of cell-signaling pathways in plant responses, new frontiers in neurobiology, and experimental approaches that are advancing ecology. To assure accurate representation of each field of biology, a team of stellar specialists has worked with the authors in updating every unit. <P>An innovative design breakthrough ensures that the art is as current as the content. Guided Tour diagrams explicitly guide readers through the more challenging figures, succinctly explaining key structures, functions, and steps of processes within the figure, reducing the need to look back and forth between legend and art. It's as if an instructor were looking over the reader's shoulder and clarifying each part of a figure! Guided Tour commentary is set in blue, making it easy to differentiate these explanations from ordinary labels and keeping the figure itself clear and uncluttered. For college instructors and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321543257
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Series: MasteringBiology Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 1393
Sales rank: 997,328
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Ten Themes in the Study 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 Macromolecules.
6. An Introduction to Metabolism.


7. A Tour of the Cell.
8. Membrane Structure and Function.
9. Cellular Respiration: Harvesting Chemical Energy.
10. Photosynthesis.
11. Cell Communication.
12. The Cell Cycle.


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. Microbial Models: The Genetics of Viruses and Bacteria.
19. The Organization and Control of Eukaryotic Genomes.
20. DNA Technology and Genomics.
21. The Genetic Basis of Development.


22. Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life.
23. The Evolution of Populations.
24. The Origin of Species.
25. Phylogeny and Systematics.


26. Early Earth and the Origin of Life.
27. Prokaryotes and the Origins of Metabolic Diversity.
28. The Origins of Eukaryotic Diversity.
29. Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized Land.
30. Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed Plants.
31. Fungi.
32. Introduction to Animal Evolution.
33. Invertebrates.
34. Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity.


35. Plant Structure and Growth.
36. Transport in Plants.
37. Plant Nutrition.
38. Plant Reproduction and Development.
39. Control Systems in Plants.


40. An Introduction to Animal Structure and Function.
41. Animal Nutrition.
42. Circulation and Gas Exchange.
43. The Body's Defenses.
44. Controlling the Internal Environment.
45. Chemical Signals in Animals.
46. Animal Reproduction.
47. Animal Development.
48. Nervous Systems.
49. Sensory and Motor Mechanisms.


50. An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere.
51. Behavioral Biology.
52. Population Ecology.
53. Community Ecology.
54. Ecosystems.
55. Conservation Biology.

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Biology 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Useful book for Biology students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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JessicaMcGaskey More than 1 year ago
Does this book come with mastery access biology code?
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science_to_the_rescue More than 1 year ago
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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EYEREADYOU More than 1 year ago
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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ANAID More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Bill_Brasky More than 1 year ago
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.