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ISBN-13: 978-0073227399 ISBN-10: 0073227390 Edition: 8th
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Peter H. Raven, Ph.D., is director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Engelmann professor of botany at Washington University at St. Louis. He oversees the garden's internationally recognized research program in tropical botany--one of the world's most active in the study and conservation of imperiled tropical habitats. Raven's botanical research and work in the area of tropical conservation have earned him numerous honors and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship. He has written 17 textbooks and more than 400 articles, and he is a member of th National Academy of Science and the National Research Council.

George B. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis and a professor of genetics at the university's School of Medicine. He is a prolific author of life science texts and curriculum products in a variety of media. New to his list of works are the Explorations of Human Biology CD-ROM and the textbook Human Biology, both offered by Wm. C. Brown Publishers. Johnson is acknowledged as an authority on population genetics and evolution variability, and he has published more than 50 research papers dealing with these and related topics. Visitors to the St. Louis Zoo can appreciate Johnson's work in the Living World, the educational center of which he is the founding director.

Kenneth A. Mason received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, worked at UC Berkeley, then pursued his PhD in Genetics at UC Davis. He has taught Gentics, Microbial Genetics, Microbiology, Advanced Molecular Genetics, Introductory Biology, and a Genetics Laboratory that he designed.

Jonathan Losos is a Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Losos's research has focused on studying patterns of adaptive ratiation and evolutionary diversification in lizards. The recipient of several awards including hte prestigious Theodosius Dobzhansky and David Starr Jordan Prizes for outstanding young evolutionary biologists, Losos has published more than 100 scientific articles.

Susan Singer is the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences in teh dpartment of biology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she has taught introductory biology, plant biology, genetics, plant development, and developmental genetics for 20 years. Her research interests are focused on the development and evolution of flowering plants. Singer has authored numberous scientific publications on plant development, contributed chapters to developmental biology texts, and is actively involved with teh education efforts of several professional societies. She received the American Society of Plant Biology's Excellence in Teaching Award, serves on teh National Academies Board on Science Education, and chaired the NRC study committee that produced America's Lab Report.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1259 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 8 edition (January 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073227390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073227399
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Allen Potter on December 12, 2009
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This book covers fundamental concepts of genetics, ecology, biochemistry, cladistics, evolution, radiometric dating, cellular division, descriptions of all of the body systems and how they compare to those of other animals, etc...over 1000 pages of useful knowledge for Bio majors and interested laymen. Some people gave this book a low rating..well, almost every single one was due to a complaint concerning the seller of the book...REMEMBER RATE THE QUAILTY OF THE PRODUCT not the seller!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NSU Instructor on August 21, 2009
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I have been using this book for over two years now and I find it is a great book for an intro bio course. It gives you the details you need without being too complicated. It is more detailed than the science book by Johnson (The Living World), however I think if you struggle in biology, Johnson would be a great supplement to this book. I felt I had to review this book since the last person wrote a bad review for a seller under this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gothica0904 on January 31, 2010
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This book is what my Biology teacher recommended most on a list of similar books for the class. This particular book is easy to read and contains more illustrations than most Biology books, thus making the class much easier to learn in. Any student who is currently taking Biology should look into reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Neve on September 17, 2012
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Since a lot of people reviewed the seller on this book I thought I would give a review to the book. I have read some chapters of the 8th edition and so far it is an outstanding bio textbook. It is not difficult to read yet provides just enough challenge for freshman students. Honestly, I wish I would have taken this course/ with book before Microbiology. It has a lot more informative topics that relate the upper courses such as Microbiology than allied health biology course.. The way the book presents is well organized which helps students to understand main concepts The book shows related topics on graphs, charts and other visuals, at each end of chapter sections, there are questions reviewing and allowing the student to apply critical thinking skills. Some diagrams and examples given relate to real-life bio examples. This book gets 4 stars because the first few chapters provide an organized method to learning and building on for the following chapters, it is well outlined text book for a biology ( 4 majors) course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saeed Uzzaman on February 5, 2011
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This book gives good understanding of Baisc Biology. The topics are in detail and cover almost every aspect of Basic Biology. Good for BIOLOGY CLEP Exam.
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By Courtney on September 23, 2013
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I bought this book to help me study for the GRE Biology test. I haven't taken any bio classes for about 4 years, so needless to say I was pretty rusty at first when it came to a lot of the material. Thankfully, the layout of this book is awesome--chapters start out with a general overview of the topic they describe and then in the following sections slowly break the same topic down into smaller, more intricate parts, continually repeating the general concepts as more in-depth details are revealed. For me, this organization combined with the numerous diagrams interspersed within the text made it easier for my brain to grasp the whole picture. My test is coming up in 5 days already, and thankfully I'm starting to feel more confident about it--wish me luck, here's to hoping I actually remember everything!!!
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Format: Hardcover
This book contains transparent pictures with notes adjacent to the pictures. It all so,elucidates very nicely with chapter reviews for each chapter. All authors, took their time to expound all of the topics regarding Biology .Truly, this is a. Beautiful book because when an author, or authors can take complexity and turn it into simplicity it's ,genius.A top of the class textbook. This is for science students and non-students A.k.A.life learners.
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By SAM on February 9, 2013
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I got this book for like 20 something bucks. It's in great condition. I needed the 9th edition for my biology class but its almost 200 bucks so I got this edition. About 90% the same. The new one has a few things added and a few things removed. Being able to save over a 100 bucks is worth it though. The site has pre tests, post tests, and flash cards for each chapter! Great to use along with the book!
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