Biological Science (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321598202
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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 (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By beegirl on July 24, 2014
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If you want to save money go ahead and use the 4th edition of this book. You have to renumber the chapters so they match the 5th because there are a few differences there, but the content is the same. I did it and it worked great, saved me a ton!
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily Drake on October 2, 2013
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This is the third Biology textbook I have ever used, and it is by far the best. It includes a variety of helpful charts, graphs, and case studies that make the material more memorable.
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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 Daniela on October 26, 2014
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Great book. I ordered this for my biology class and it does a good job of explaining concepts. The a la Carte edition is just unbinded and hole punched, which I actually prefer over the traditional book since I can just take out the pages I need to read and put them in a 1" binder and easily carry it to school instead of having to carry the whole book.
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