Introductory Plant Biology 11th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071102179
ISBN-10: 0071102175
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About the Author

Kingsley Stern is currently Professor Emeritus of Botany at California State University, Chico. He received his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Botanical Society of America, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and the California Botanical Society.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; 11th edition (January 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071102175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071102179
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By madbadgalaxyman on May 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully produced book, with many color diagrams, falls victim to the "over-illustration plus superficial and over-simplified descriptions" syndrome typical of many of today's textbooks. Too often, the large colour illustrations and diagrams in this book do not really explain things clearly. Moreover, they relate poorly to the main text on the adjoining page. Further, this book's explanations of key Plant Science concepts sometimes lack clarity, and lack sufficient detail, so the reader cannot achieve a proper structured understanding. What we get, instead, in this 11th edition, is breadth of coverage and an attempt to get us "excited" about plant science. In particular, the descriptions of plant reproduction, seed development, and flower structure & development, are short and trivial. While I did enjoy the author's numerous personal asides, and the "human" and entertaining tone of this text, the structure of this book is weak in some places, e.g. plant flowering, reproduction, and seed development is placed into about four different places in the book!
I confess to being somewhat disappointed with this book....it probably started clearly in its earlier editions, but it now needs a good technical editor
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By iPWN on January 28, 2011
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I took a class where I needed this book. The book was awesome and well laid out. I never had to hunt to hard for any of the information.

Now if they would only stop coming out with new editions of books on college campuses.. I mean, I understand the need when there is new information on the subject, but sometimes they only change a page...
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The organization and the explanations of all aspects of introductory plant biology are clear and useful. The professor did not pick a specific book to accompany the course so I chose this one. It has been very helpful.
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By tom pierson on March 13, 2014
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This is a text book that my stepdaughter needed for a college course she is taking in high school. It was the correct book, correct edition and in great shape at a very good price.
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By bildova on December 15, 2013
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WOW idk why they said this was a used book IMO its new :D great job and i will be back for more books and will 4 sure let my friends know tyvm :D
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I recieved this book a bit later than I expected; however, it was recieved in very good condition. None of the pictures were torn or written in.
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By Jackie O on February 22, 2012
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Good book. Exactly what I needed for my Botany class. It took some time to get to me but the price was right.
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By lindsey linthicum on December 13, 2014
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School book. Worked great for that class
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