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Biological Science (4th Edition) Hardcover – February 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0321598202 ISBN-10: 0321598202 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1320 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 4 edition (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321598202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321598202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to read and very informative and to the point.
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I bought this book used and amazingly, it came in outstanding condition,!
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I had to get this book for my introductory biology class.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on September 3, 2011
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I just took BIO 180 at the University of Washington for which this book was required. I have to say that although this was an expensive book, it is more than worth the money dropped. You can use it for all of the introductory Biology courses (180, 200, 220) and it's also a great book for satisfying personal curiosities about other topics in biology.

The best part about this book is that it is impeccably organized and thorough. You will not get lost in dry, confusing blocks of text and there are chapter summaries which are great to include in your notes. I used the book extensively for the course that I took. As I continue through the series I will definitely hold onto this book.

One quick note: the study guide is virtually a repetition of the chapter summaries and was not that helpful, so don't waste money on that. :o)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on September 18, 2011
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I am taking an introductory genetics class and this book is great. It has very easy to understand examples and explanations. It really does not read like a textbook - they write it so that it almost sounds like a story. Recommended also for anyone taking the MCAT or any other introductory biology course.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mosgirl on June 16, 2012
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I got this text book for my Biology Majors class and I absolutely loved it! Very detailed explanations, great and easy to understand graphs, check your understanding sections helped me to prepare for my actual tests at the school. Also mastering biology website is another amazing source to use while learning this subject. Highly recommend this book to anyone who is taking biology as premed or professional level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S Squared on January 19, 2013
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I've only been using this book for 2 weeks and I already enjoy it, which is a big thing to say for a textbook. The last general bio book I had was full of information that drowned out the overall point each section within the chapter was trying to bring. It was full of biochem and technical talk that wasn't needed for this level of class.

Freeman's book brings a refreshing approach to writing about biology. Each chapter and section within each chapter, provides the student with the "meat and bones" of what they need to know. It's not hard to comprehend the take home message and to see how each little component adds up to make a larger component. This book has made me love biology again and understand why I returned to school. Good job Scott Freeman!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia on August 29, 2013
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Great book. Really enjoyed it. For a science textbook, it's not that "word-y." I actually had the Professor who is the author, and how he teaches is kind of like what this book does: it seeks to clarify, not muddle; brevity and concise for maximum understanding. Also has great illustrations. I wouldn't completely rely on only this textbook to learn everything about Biology, but this is a great start.

Also for future UW students: No, I did not have to buy MasteringBiology. That was completely optional. Clickers were more important than MasteringBiology. MasteringBiology is not Alex/Connect Plus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shume Merid on May 6, 2013
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I don't enjoy reading too much, but i think the way this book is organized makes you read more and test yourself through lot's conceptual exercise under end of sub topics. Some chapters appear to be longer than the others, explanation of main points really good thing in this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By beegirl on July 24, 2014
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This book works just fine as a substitute for the 5th edition and you can save a lot that way! The only thing you will have to do is renumber the chapters, since there are a few differences there, but content is pretty much the same. I did it and I saved a ton of money!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ARP on July 29, 2012
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This is a kind of book that can not only change the life of the students using it, but transform an entire body of science by being a welcoming gateway for freshmen students. You will forgive me if that sounds like a hyperbole, but based on my greater than a decade worth of studying different text-books from nearly every field of science and engineering, this one stands out as the most clearly written, thoughtfully organized, masterfully diagrammed, and ingeniously integrated with latest research in its field... period.

In an industry where we have a sea of mediocre introductory texts for first-year university students, most of which probably stifle the enthusiasm of the students overloaded with poorly organized and synthesized information, this book stands out as a refreshing change. Students reading it are guaranteed to come away with a firm grasp of the fundamentals, and also new found inspiration and appreciation from their learning that may be the catalyst they needed to motivate them towards becoming outstanding biological scientists or whatever other professional related to biological sciences.

If this is a required text for your course... lucky you, buy it, and keep it forever. It is worth twice its every penny.

If like me you are from a non-biology field, and find yourself needing a biology primer... just get this book! It has everything you need to get started.
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