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Campbell Biology (9th Edition) Paperback – 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pearson; 9th edition (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0321739752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321739759
  • ASIN: B005LK7KRK
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,228 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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126 of 132 people found the following review helpful By StarLight on August 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This textbook is the same book as the *more expensive* Campbell Biology, also being sold on amazon... The difference is that you also get access to Masteringbiology, which is about 50 bucks on their website. This is obviously the better deal. Anyway, the book arrived brand new and vacuum-sealed with plastic (2 Layers!). Perfect condition. Aside from that, the book is very nice. There are many pictures and diagrams and the text is easy to read, unlike some other textbooks I am required to read... I have already outlined the first few chapters and I am very happy with the purchase, because it is a good textbook, it is much cheaper than my college bookstore, and it included Masteringbiology in the price.

Edit: Just wanted to add that on the Masteringbiology website, you also get access to the Campbell Biology E-book (normally $100 on their website with the mastering), so you don't have to carry the book with you to school for access. I just have to stress how great this E-book is, really. I normally don't love reading books on my iPad with the kindle app; it just doesn't feel the same. But I read this textbook my iPad using the Pearson app and it is fantastic. It looks exactly like the book and you have the option of leaving sticky notes and highlighting things for later. Oh and reading the book is generally online, but you can choose the chapters you want to download for reading offline. I hardly even use the printed textbook these days.

Edit 2: Since amazon has linked the reviews of both books, you should search specifically for Campbell Biology with MasteringBiology® (9th Edition).
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Magnus on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a middle-aged computational linguist, and I bought this book after a fascinating conversation with my doctor about the advances made in biology in recent years due primarily to cancer and AIDS research. I want to learn important things that mankind has understood before I have to leave the planet. I thought I was going to have to pull myself together to read this heavy stuff, but not at all. For me, this is a page turner. I couldn't wait for my commute so I could sit in a corner and read my book. I have to say I am left totally BLOWN AWAY by what we have come to understand about biology -- both the details as well as the bigger picture

Had I been younger when I picked it up, I would not have appreciated as much the skill with which the authors present the material. The order and manner in which concepts are introduced have obviously been honed over decades of experience -- first the major themes which tie the field together, a complete and painless high school chemistry course placed so you sense why you're going to need it, the critical role that water plays in making life possible. An overarching description of what energy is and how it functions precedes an attempt to discuss cellular respiration and photosynthesis, so that you're primed not to lose the forest for the trees. You really feel like you sense how it works, and if you're paying attention at all, you can't help but come away with admiration for the community of scientists who made it happen. I feel better about the human race, and am left sensing the magnificence of this achievement in the greater scheme of things. The whole of biology is presented pretty comprehensively. I left the book feeling that I got what I came for.

But oddly the biggest thing I take away from this book is a deep impression of the astounding machine that I have been given to use in this life. You can't help waking up each morning hoping to be worthy of it.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By sciencetexts on September 20, 2011
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Just wanted to add a review about how awful the figures are in the kindle 9th edition version. absolutely no way to enlarge the figures tried every button there is to adjust the page. the figures are minuscule--shrunk to fit the page, as a result the text is tiny--illegible kind of tiny. Very disappointed at how kindle text is working out at this point. Definitely would not recommended, especially for other textbooks that require more visuals than bio which can be okay if I don't get to study the figures.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Justin on September 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me start out by saying that this book is one to keep at home. It's huge, and something that you should avoid lugging around in a backpack. And with it's 1464 pages worth of information, this book is the best. Everything is written concisely, while going into extraordinary depth for an intro course. The chapters have lots of aesthetically pleasing diagrams and models, and the paper is good for highlighting and underlining. I love how the spine has a different finish from the glossy cover, after a few years pass the spine won't discolor (it's grey, coated fabric) and the front should look fine. The organization of the book is like all the other AP texts, starting with Chem, than Cells, etc... I just love this thing.

(High School Freshman, using this book for self-study to take the AP Biology exam in May)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By REYNI on October 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was excited when I found out I could get this book through Kindle. I *HATE* the fact that this does not include the access code for mastering biology. Not only is it compatible with very few devices but it doesn't even include the access code. TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY! Especially since you can go online to MASTERINGBIOLOGY.COM and not only have the book but also many good studying resources. People who have the book many times just end up using that website anyway. You could just skip buying the book altogether and just get the account with mastering biology. Practice tests, tutoring, games, graphs and much more. I believe it's $100? WAY BETTER DEAL. I strongly suggest you save yourself time and money and just go straight to the source you'd end up using.
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