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Biology for Dummies 2nd Edition

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The fast and easy way to understand biology

From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, this friendly guide answers all your questions about how living things work. Written in plain English and packed with helpful illustrations, tables, and diagrams, it cuts right to the chase with easy-to-absorb explanations of the life processes common to all organisms.

  • Biology 101 — get the lowdown on how life is studied and open a window on the world's organisms

  • Jump into the gene pool — discover how cell reproduction and genetics work, from making sense of Mendel's Law of Segregation to dealing with DNA

  • Explore the living world — find out how ecology and evolution are the glue that holds everything together

  • Let's get physical — peruse the principles of physiology to get a handle on animal structure and function

  • Go green — take a look at the life of plants and understand how they acquire energy, reproduce, and so much more

Open the book and find:

  • Plain-English explanations of how living matter works

  • The parts and functions of cells

  • How food works as a source of energy

  • The 411 on reproduction and genetics

  • Fascinating facts about DNA technology

  • The biology of bacteria and viruses

  • How humans affect the circle of life

  • An overview of human anatomy

  • Innate human defenses (and adaptive ones, too!)

Learn to:

  • Identify and dissect the many structures and functions of plants and animals

  • Grasp the latest discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology

  • Think like a biologist and use scientific methods

About the Author

Rene Fester Kratz, PhD, is a Biology Instructor at Everett Community College and a member of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership.

Donna Rae Siegfried has been published in Prevention, Runner's World, Men's Health, and Organic Gardening.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470598751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470598757
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Biology for dummies helped significantly during my year of college General Bio for PreMed. Although it does not replace the text book it helps to understand the text book. Lets face it, text books are hard to read. This book helped create a foundation that I could later easily expand on with the text book. It was also much more fun to read. I would read the section in this book first to get an idea on the subject than after I would read the section from the text book. This covered everything in my bio class. This is a must have for any college student in General Biology. It is also great for reviewing before finals!
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Get this book if you need to review Bio or you are taking an intro to Bio class or an A&P class for review. THis is one of the best of the Dummy Science series and I wish the A&P Dummy book was more detailed. If you have to help your teen with a high school Bio class and you need to review the Krebs cycle...this is your book!

Great purchase. Would not have made it through my online Bio class without it!!!
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While my shelves groan ever more threateningly as I pack on more science and math texts, I increasingly find that a quick look through a "For Dummies" title is a great way to check myself as I prepare to teach science concepts to 12-year-olds. This particular volume does a nice job of laying out the basics of biology. It has helped reduce the highly complex concepts of the life sciences into a framework of idea of appropriate complexity for the age group I teach and to be able to explain and understand how the biology of the 6th grade curriculum fits within the continuum of biological knowledge that my students will require as they proceed to high school and college.

Dr. Kratz eschews much of the cutesy/obnoxious "infotainment" that annoys the heck out of me in "For Dummies" books, and while she doesn't match the level of detail you'll find in your AP or college biology text, this is precisely the text to reach for when you find that the information in your assigned reading is going in your eyes and back out your ears faster than you can say Krebs cycle.
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After doing some research on what book I wanted from the several I browsed and checking user reviews I settled on this book. I don't mind the name but I do mind that the book serve the purpose I buy it for and this book serves that purpose to the T. It is very enjoyable to read and study. As far as I have read it (and I don't have much time to read) I have enjoyed every chapter of it and expect to continue enjoying it. I was sure glad I got it from Amazon. The price was right and the contents are what I wanted. The reviews helped a lot especially when they were of people who have bought the book.
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Great book. It is very easy to read and makes learning fun. I truly love the Dummies books. I am not from the USA, so for me it is more for learning biology in English. It sounds strange, but things like Biology and Chemistry have words and expressions that are not used on your everyday and that is a great way to learn them.
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Covers all the salient points of college freshman biology in an easy-to-understand manner. Also good for review before taking CLEP exam, or for keeping on the shelf for reference.
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This book apparently is the most recent edition of the original book. Having no background whatsoever in biology, I purchased this to get an introduction and learn some basic concepts, and have not yet finished reading the book. It is amazing how complex the field of biology necessarily is, and it is slow but interesting reading for a "dummy" like me. While this book (like the whole "Dummies" series) is well written, I do think the author could have used clearer language in some places to explain one point or another -- maybe should have had people outside the field proofread the text for clarity. Overall, however, it has been a good purchase.
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Excellent book. Break down the subject so anyone could understand it. Good suppliment for those in High School taking Biology but need further instruction simplified. I would highly recommend this book.
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