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Biology Hardcover – January 14, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0077350024 ISBN-10: 0077350022 Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Series: None
  • Hardcover: 1279 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 9 edition (January 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077350022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077350024
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I got a new book so it was a great conditions.
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Very informative and easy to understand it also goes into detail so it easy to understand.
Orezi
If you want a thorough introduction on Biology, I highly recommend this textbook.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Buukluvr on December 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book. It was readable but full of excellent information. Lots of pretty pictures broke up the text and kept me going, and there were plenty of well-done graphics to explain concepts that were a bit heady. This text has an emphasis on evolution as the cornerstone of Biology, which was very informative and helpful. In addition, the access code allowed me access to the study tools on the McGraw-Hill site, which I found very helpful. There is no need to purchase a study guide to go with this text, as all of the answers are included in the back. I think it is assumed that one will practice on the site rather than out of the text, though frankly I found the subject matter easy enough to absorb with good notes from my class, reading the chapter, and reviewing the information my instructor emphasized. The graphics were great to draw in order to help complicated ideas like cellular respiration really sink in and be understood. I highly recommend this text, and plan on keeping my copy for my own personal reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sassyslh23 on June 10, 2012
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I am in the process of going back to university to change careers and I just started a biology class that is using this book. I am not originally a science major (used to social sciences) but this book is well written. It goes into detail, and uses scientific language and terms, but also tries to relate what you are reading to more everyday events. Tables in the book are useful as well. So far, so good!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By shma on April 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Incomprehensibly organized and badly written. What more could you ask for in a textbook?
It veers manically between hazy generalizations and excessive detail. The glossary is filled with circular definitions--when it even has a definition. Material is scattered all over the book. Forget getting a big picture from this text unless you read the whole thing twice. Which I can't imagine anyone wanting to do.
Professors seem to love it. Probably because they already know the material, so all the references to undefined terms and concepts don't bother them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur R. Krowitz on March 12, 2014
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This is the best college textbook I have read on any subject. I have recently accumulated a bunch of great textbooks on Physics, Chemistry and more specialized subjects. All of these are good. But Biology by Peter Raven is the best!. It is incredibly clear, extremely well-organized, and is just a joy to read. You can almost start any place in the book and understand what the authors are discussing. Every chapter opens up a whole world of biological thought and current biological science.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Jones on June 18, 2012
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I really like how this book focuses on genetics and DNA. The pictures are wonderful and the explanations are really easy to understand. The chapter review questions tend to be a little all over the place but other than that, this book was good. I hate the Kindle edition though. I will never purchase another Kindle version of a textbook.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marwellus on December 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Ever. But it may serve as a good example why textbooks of this kind will die out, the sooner the better. The text is illegible, at times idiotic. The avalanche of words and redundancies void of meaningful explanation is stupefying. If somebody asks me whether this was written by educators who want to explain concepts efficiently (one would hope) or by typists who get paid by word I wouldn't hesitate with my guess. This is a horrible work, ignoring the student, the beauty of the subject matter.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By njdr2b on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK UNLESS IT IS MANDATORY. this book is not organized, horrible structure. it complicates everything. PLEASE FINISH YOUR STATEMENT ON A SINGLE TOPIC BEFORE VEERING OFF INTO ANOTHER AREA. I AM SOOOOO FRUSTRATED that my university selected this book and will teIl my professor. I took General Biology 1 at another school and used CAMPBELL'S BIOLOGY.... by far the best bio book ever written. SAVE YOURSELF THIS HASSEL AND AGGREGATION. IT IS TOO COSTLY FOR THE NIGHTMARE INSIDE. I love Science and am a pre-med student. This book makes me forget my love and affinity for science. It makes me sooooo miserable. I did so well with the other book. I love Biology and especially CELLULAR FUNCTIONALITY AND organ systems. This book is a confusing mess. Doesn't get to the point. too much fat and tooo many references to other topics in between paragraphs. IT'S NOT THAT COMPLICATED PEOPLE. GET TO THE POINT AND STOP IT. I HOPE THE AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER READ THIS REVIEW. WOW.....The worst part is that the small shortcut examples are more informative and simple organized thoughts. A waste of MONEY AND EFFORT......
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Format: Hardcover
Biology, by Raven, Johnson, Mason, Lasos and Singer is a truely massive volume and is one of the very best college level biology books I own. There are about 1400 pages of in depth information on the subject of life on earth. Topics covered are thorough and complete. I especially enjoyed the chapters on Evolution and human Evolution, which in some biology books is glossed over.

Having a book written by this many competent authors ensures detailed coverage on a wider range of topics than a single author book. Here, this is the case.

This book is fully illustrated with a myriad of full color charts, maps, drawings and photos. It has a most excellent glossary. The 2010 edition is not the very latest but it is so recent that it still is ideal for general study. It is also availabe at a fraction of the price of the newer edition.
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