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Life: The Science of Biology Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0716738732 ISBN-10: 0716738732 Edition: Sixth Edition

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  • Hardcover: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; Sixth Edition edition (December 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716738732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716738732
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WILLIAM K. PURVES, Harvey Mudd College, USA - DAVID SADAVA, Claremont Colleges, USA - GORDAN H. ORIANS, University of Washington, USA - CRAIG HELLER, Stanford University, USA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is not a good "read" - it's a great book to study!
foxfire1013
The text is well written, with clear explanations and plenty of real-life examples to help you tie small details into the bigger picture.
Monika
Purves et al do a great job balancing the concept of an introductory text with the true complexities of biological systems.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Monika on December 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
First, just to let you know what perspective I am reviewing this from, I am a college student, and this text was used in my 200-level introductory biology course. Since I am a student, and not a professor or expert of any sort, I am evaluating the book based on how helpful it was to me in learning the material. For input from biology professors, you'll have to take a look at some of the other reviews here.

"Life: The Science of Biology" has definitely been one of the better biology textbooks I've used. The text is well written, with clear explanations and plenty of real-life examples to help you tie small details into the bigger picture. But beware: The information here is incredibly in-depth, so if you're only looking for a basic overview of biology, you may actually want a slightly simpler book, otherwise you may get lost in all the details. It was perfect for my 200-level class, and gave me all the information I needed, but I don't think it would be the ideal text for an introductory biology course. One other reviewer here mentioned that she used this text to teach her AP biology students. I took AP biology in high school (and got a 5 on the exam) and can guarantee you that this text contains far, far more than you would ever need to know to get a perfect score. It's definitely a college level text.

The book has numerous detailed, well-labeled diagrams that are helpful in understanding different processes. In fact, being a rather visual, hands-on learner, I sometimes found the step-by-step diagrams easier to follow than the text itself. There are also plenty of great photographs and other helpful images. At the end of each chapter there is a bare-bones overview of key points you should know, and a self-quiz to help you evaluate your grasp of the material.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Berger on June 20, 1999
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I have reviewed Campbell, Curtis& Barnes, and other fine textbooks in biology, as a teacher and a scientist, I find Purves, etal; Life , A Science of Biology as the best textbook on the market. His clear explanation of the concepts with bright, colorful pictures have helped my students to understand biological concepts for the AP Bio exam as well as preparing them for college. The questions after each and every chapter plainly incorporate the chapter's lessons as well as inclusion of the continuity of life that is important in all biology teaching. His book had already included the new domain designations and included the reasons as why they were being changed. ( As this was the infamous #3 question on the AP Bio exam.) As a trained molecular biologist, I am finally satisfied in the explanation of the molecular process of life. Again his use of good solid pictures help to re-enforce a difficult concept. I also know that MIT uses this book as well as Harvard, I urge every biology teacher professor to at least have this in their personal library.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By layla on September 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Ah, the holy grail of textbooks: To find a textbook that is completely clear, explains all aspects of the subject, lets you understand rather than just memorize so you can think independently on the subject and actually enjoyable to read. Textbooks like those are incredibly rare and they are worth their weight in gold once you find them. Looks like we found one for biology.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midlife Teacher-in-Training on December 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sadava and its competitors have all significantly changed since 1999. I think that reviews of earlier editions should be removed, because this and the other books have changed a lot over the years.

This 9th edition was the required book for the two-semester bio sequence at the east campus Valencia Community College. The other campuses use Campbell, and to compare the two books side by side for any topic is enough to make you cry at spending so much for this one.

I bought a used copy of Campbell (one edition prior to current) because I looked at a copy and it was SO much easier to understand. It's better organized, more clearly written, uses helpful transitions to tie topics together and to review earlier topics before going on, and the pictures are SO much clearer in Campbell!

Every time I read the Sadava material, I felt confused. Then I'd read the same section in Campbell and would totally understand! I feel that using Campbell is the single reason that I have scored far above anyone else in my class on every assignment and test the entire semester.

If I were selecting a biology book to be used in a class I was teaching, I literally cannot imagine looking at both Campbell and Sadava and choosing Sadava.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Richards on November 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like many of the other reviewers have already stated, this is a great book for intro biology. If you pick it up be certain that it is not missing pages though. I read through it into Chapter 34 before finding some info missing! While reading Chp 34 pp. 673 I see that the intro to "Primates and the Origin of Humans" is repeated again on the following page. Also, on pp. 674 where this info is repeated, the info suddenly stops, and is not continued on pp 675 (which is understandable since it is all photographs), nor on pp. 676. Instead, pp. 676 begins with "Human ancestors

evolved bipedal locomotion", therefore, leaving out the connection between anthropoids and hominids. This is crucial info because it is the info that tells us where humans came from! It is some of the most critical info in all of the textbook! If you pick this book up check these pages. If it is missing this info return it immediately for a corrected copy.
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