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Exploring Creation with Biology (Textbook Only) Hardcover – April 11, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1932012545 ISBN-10: 1932012540 Edition: 2nd
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This is a phenomenal science book! . . . The information contained in this book is in depth and thorough. . . . Even though there is a ton of information; it is not monotonous or drab. My daughter stayed interested while learning and I was impressed with the accuracy of the language used. --Happily Homeschooling

Exploring Creation with Biology is the best biology textbook I have ever seen. With a Bachelors degree in nursing, I have taken my fair share of biology classes and read numerous science textbooks at the high school and college level. I am impressed with the thorough coverage . . . Exploring Creation with Biology is a another beautiful book! You could spend hours just looking at the pictures, reading the charts, and looking at the diagrams. --Take Root and Write

This is an excellent college-preparatory course for high school . . . The microscopic slides are wonderful quality, and are a great teaching tool with the course. The dissections are fun, easy, and interesting. The textbook reads easily. The author has a wonderful writing style that keeps the student interested. --Curriculum Choice

About the Author

Jay Wile fell in love with chemistry when his parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! He attended the University of Rochester to study chemistry and, while there, became fascinated with nuclear chemistry, eventually earning a PhD in that field. For several years, he did research under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation while serving as an assistant professor of chemistry. Dr. Wile has won many awards for excellence in teaching and research. In addition, he has authored or co-authored nine books.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 594 pages
  • Publisher: Apologia Educational Ministries; 2 edition (April 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932012540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932012545
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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94 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Bridget B. Williams on February 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I see a lot of negative re
views about how unprepared a student will be for college level science by using this text. I have a son who is a very "non-science" type person. He read this book cover to cover and then was able to "clep" out of 8 hours of college level Biology courses at a secular college. He did not use anything else to help him prepare for the CLEP other than this book. So, it must have enough factual information in it to give the student a well-rounded understanding of Biology.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Lee Binz on October 9, 2009
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Apologia is a very rigorous college prep series. I don't usually recommend specific curriculum, because I know it's all about "fit" more than a textbook. When it comes to science, though, I had such success with the curriculum we used, that I really do recommend it - even to my clients that are not Christian.

I know it for a fact that Apologia is a great college preparation because Alex (my non-scientist son) was able to pass a CLEP in Biology 3 years after taking Apologia Biology at home. He earned a 4.0 in Engineering Physics in college after taking Apologia Physics. Remember, he is NOT my science major. I made him take that engineering physics at community college with his brother, because he was too young to take a class by himself. So he learned well from the books even though he didn't "love" science. Apologia is GREAT stuff.

I know for a fact that Apologia is great college preparation because my son Kevin is an electrical engineering major in college. He still refers to his Apologia Physics book now and then. He used Apologia Chemistry over the summer, to review for a class he was taking. He has reviewed his physics book frequently. It's been one of my "best buys" for curriculum, because they have literally used them for 5 years. Kevin has a fabulous GPA in engineering, and I believe it is in part because he was so well prepared with Apologia Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

If you want to make Apologia even MORE rigorous, it is possible. You can go through a book in a semester instead of a year, and make it an AP course if you want, but it's not necessary at all, just an option. I have heard of some "college prep" AP classes that actually take a child 5 hours a day to complete. That would be so frustrating to spend 5 hours a day on one class!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Destination Freedom on August 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was specifically written for Christian homeschooling. If you are an atheist you will not like it. The labs are excellent but to get the full value from them you will need to purchase a microscope, a slide kit, and a dissection kit.

I have a biology degree and have found no factual errors in this text. However if you do not believe in creationism you will find plenty to complain about. This book will prepare your high school student for college level classes. I highly recommend the entire Apologia curriculum.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By 2girls4mom on August 20, 2013
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My daughter, who is a sophomore, is using this book in her upcoming Biology and lab class. Several teachers have recommended it. In addition, I know several kids who have taken this course and then did very well on the SAT subject matter tests.
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful By StoryMaker on May 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My family has been using Apologia science texts for years. I have always been impressed by the ability of the authors to explain complex scientific facts in a very understandable and enjoyable way - not to mention, from a solid, biblical, Christian standpoint. I must say that this one has been one of my favorites so far - which is probably mostly just because of personal preference (I LOVE biology, especially the learning-about-animals-and-other-creatures department). Nonetheless, I feel like I gleaned a tremendous amount of knowledge from this book.

Now, to discuss this book further in a few different areas:

Content: 9/10
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This book thoroughly discussed a great deal of biological topics. The book basically discusses the following things:
Overviewing a few important biology basics (Module 1)
Devoting a module each to Kingdoms Monera, Protista, and Fungi (Modules 2-4)
The nitty-gritty of biological chemistry and cellular structures (Modules 5-6)
The nature and specifics of reproduction, including discussion of DNA, Mendelian genetics, and how evolution is partially true (microevolution) and partially unconfirmed and inaccurate (macroevolution) (Modules 7-9)
Ecology (Module 10)
In-depth discussion of animals (Modules 11-13 & 16)
In-depth discussion of plants (Modules 14-15)
As you can probably tell, this book discusses biology rather thoroughly. Students will leave the text knowing a lot about life - both the fundamentals of it and specific creatures - and overall being equipped with a great understanding of biology that I assume would be good preparation for college.

There are a few specific points to make about the content of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K-man on November 1, 2014
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Well organized text. Logical progression of thought. Appropriate level of learning for 9th grade. Very pleased so far (through module 5)
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26 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sarah R. on February 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I echo the opinions of many of the other one-star reviews. 1st and foremost: this book deliberately presents falsehood as scientific truth, including inaccurate data with no referenced sources. For example, the graphs of global temperature in the section on global warming. 2nd: it presents (or invents) controversial issues and then encourages students to decide for themselves; however, the arguments for and against are incomplete and inaccurate, thus heavily biased. For example, the section on the geologic record claims that scientists have no way to know the ages of fossils, then omits any discussion of isotopic dating. 3rd: There are substantial, confusing errors, such as incorrectly defining the term "allele" and then using that term incorrectly for most of the module (aka chapter) but correctly (!) for the last section of the module.

I am a devout Christian with an interdisciplinary science degree (B.S.) from Stanford University. My upper level coursework focused on the Biosphere. I am appalled at the content of this book, and will not use it again. I would much rather teach students from a text with accurate scientific information and modify it to fit my Christian beliefs, than use blatantly inaccurate scientific information that leaves parents and students unable to distinguish between the author's personal religious beliefs and modern science.
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