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Biology, 8th Edition Hardcover – September 4, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-0805368444 ISBN-10: 0805368442 Edition: 8th

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  • Hardcover: 1393 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Benjamin Cummings; 8 edition (September 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805368442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805368444
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 2.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Wasserman is a professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He earned his A.B. in Biology from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from MIT. Through his research on regulatory pathway mechanisms in the fruit fly Drosophila, Steve has contributed to the fields of developmental biology, reproduction, and immunity. As a faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and UCSD, he has taught genetics, development, and physiology to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. He has also served as the research mentor for more than a dozen doctoral students and more than 50 aspiring scientists at the undergraduate and high school levels. Steve has been the recipient of distinguished scholar awards from both the Markey Charitable Trust and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. In 2007, he received UCSD's Distinguished Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Karen on February 13, 2012
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The 8th edition of this Biology book is great. It has many pictures, diagrams, and charts that make the reading much easier. Also, it has end of section reviews that help to absorb the material.

If you are required to purchase the 9th edition- don't bother. When comparing this version to a classmate's, I noticed that the text and charts were essentially the exact same. The 9th edition has nearly the exact same content, except some diagrams may have different colors or be located on different places on the page. So, if you already have the 8th edition or can find it somewhere for a lower price than the 9th, there is no need for the 9th edition.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By SASman on July 22, 2011
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I purchased this book about 3/4 weeks ago and I am very happy with it.

I am actually not a student - I'm in my mid 20's and work full-time with a house, wife, dog etc. However, I do have a passion for a wildlife and natural history and decided to buy this book so that I could casually learn more about the living creatures of our world and how they function.

I have no formal background in Biology, yet I have been able to pick up this book and start reading straight away. I have just finished Chapter One (page 25 of 1300!) and still have a very long way to go, but have learnt a lot already.

This may not be for the younger crowd (under 15yrs), as there is SOME terminology in here that youngsters may not quite understand. But for students and casual learners alike that simply want to learn about Biology, this is an excellent book. It has everything in here you could ever need. The graphs, pictures and diagrams are also very clear and concise.

Buy this book and expand your craniums!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ash on February 9, 2011
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This book is so jam-packed with information that I had two professors use it for completely separate biology classes. Well written and organized which is really nice when it comes time to take notes and study for tests.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dr.duvalin on August 20, 2013
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if you were asked to get the 9th edition by your instructor, this book is much more budget friendly. it is identical to the 9th in every way except minor grammatical differences and only 1% of new images/charts are not included (possibly due to the information having been discovered after this edition was published).

all i can say is my professor taught using the 9th edition, i used the 8th, saved lots of cash and got a 100% (just don't forget to cross-reference when needed).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Rhodes on June 19, 2011
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This book was for a simple biology class. The topics in this book are relatively simple, but somehow they managed to put in an enormous amount of text in here. It's good explaining and there are some charts that help summurize, but overall, it was a little over complicated and hard to get basic principles from the book alone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Norm on November 2, 2011
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Purchased as used and its condition is better than I expected. It is a fine collection of college level core textbooks my daughter's college recommended that includes the specific edition (8th edition in this case.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Megan J. Dupuis on December 26, 2010
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This text book is very comprehensive and easy to understand. The diagrams are thoroughly explained and the chapters are easy to follow. It is a great guide for beginning college biology.
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By Austin on September 21, 2014
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I ordered the book before I realized that this is NOT the AP edition of the textbook. So far, that hasn't had a significant effect on the material but it does bother me that the book is published in two different editions when there appears to be no difference in content. As for the book's conditon, it came with a few loose leafed pages, but it's nothing that a bit of glue can't fix. A few highlights here and there because it's used, but I don't mind.

I don't have any major complaints about this book as far as me getting what I paid for. I knew what this book was going to be like before I bought it and if you're looking for a textbook on an introductory, college-level course on Biology, this is the book that our school uses. The teacher recommends a CliffNotes Biology prep book to use along with the textbook because the wording does get a bit confusing and dry from time to time. But otherwise, I'm satisfied.

If you're looking to independently study for an intro to bio exam or ap exam of some sort, maybe this book would be a good place to start but be sure to get a practice book. The book is really dense at times. And again, confusing throughout if you are an average, AP student or something along those lines.
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