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The Practice of Business Statistics w/CD & Activities and Projects for the W. H. Freeman Statistics Series Hardcover – November 15, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0716788003 ISBN-10: 0716788004 Edition: First Edition

 
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  • Hardcover: 941 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; First Edition edition (November 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716788004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716788003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,241,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the most complete and original biological field guide in history. Lynn Margulis, one of the most brilliant biologists of the 20th century, and her colleague Karlene Schwartz provide a roller-skate tour of the whole world of living things, from the smallest bacteria in the hot springs of Yellowstone to the mightiest oak (humans too, but we are set firmly in our place). In his Foreword, Stephen Jay Gould says "If the originality comes before us partly as a 'picture book,' it should not be downgraded for that reason--for primates are visual animals, and the surest instruction in a myriad of unknown creatures must be a set of figures with concise instruction about their meaning--all done so admirably in this volume." --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With diagrams, drawings, and photographs, this classic guide to the scientific classification of organisms into phylum can be used as a quick reference for systematics or as a source of information on evolutionary trends and organismal relationships. An appendix offers a listing of phyla and genera, with vernacular names when possible. For biology students at any level.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
This wonderful book is an endless source of recondite, amusing and enlightening tidbits of information about the fantastic diversity of living things with which we share this earth. In organizing their catalogue of biodiversity around the highest taxonomic level, the phylum, the authors subtly communicate lessons that are both humbling and uplifting. Humbling because one realizes that the entire biological group of backboned creatures that we think of as the paradigmatic "animals" -- mammals, fish, reptiles, birds and amphibians -- is just one among dozens of broad categories of species that populate earth's complex living systems. In fact it appears that much animal life is either microscopic or vermiform. Uplifting because we come to understand that we are ultimately kin to and interdependent with this entire teeming, manifold, cornucopia of life. The presentation, including photos and drawings as well as text, is clear and elegant, providing a wealth of detail about the distinctive metabolisms, feeding habits, body forms, ecological roles and reproductive cycles found in each phylum. We learn, for example, that one species of the remarkably ugly Echiurans, or spoon worms -- which look like out- takes deemed too repulsive for the movie Eraserhead -- holds the world record for the most extreme difference between male and female forms: the male is a tiny dwarf form nestled entirely inside the female's body, which presumably allows him to avoid entirely his share of the housework. Some forms of the microscopic one-celled Zoomastigina dwell symbiotically in the intestines of insects, apparently digesting cellulose to yield nutrients for themselves and their hosts. Such are the divergent options, so different from the choices of most members of our own species, for making a living on this planet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent reference book. The descriptions and illustrations of the different phyla are very useful to professionals and amateurs alike. In particular, the authors provide the underlying rational used to distinguish one phylum from another. I only wish they had gone further and included some information on phylogeny, fossil records, first appearances, classes and orders, or extinct phylums. That's a lot of information to include, but even brief hints are valuable to a detailed research.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm a biology student in high school, and this book has helped me to understand all parts of the 5 kingdoms. It's a big help. I highly reccomend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on August 4, 2002
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This book is a stunning compendium of the range of life forms found on our planet. Margulis and Schwartz describe it as "a catalog of the world's living diversity." It is a vividly descriptive assortment of selected examples from the Five Kingdoms of life formulated by R.H. Whittiker. The authors stress how much new knowledge, particularly in the study of unicellular life forms, has been gained in recent years. They explain how classification identifies organisms and show how modern techniques have led to the expansion of life's kingdoms from two to five. A description of prokaryotes and eucaryotes is given, followed by the body of 92 phyla descriptions. The book is arranged to be either studied as a reference or browsed as an introduction to biological forms. Each entry is carefully organized with the type of information [environment, measurement scales, diagrams] in a consistent location.
However, this is more than simply a collection of illustrative examples of various organisms. The most fascinating chapter relates the authors' proposal to modify one of the standard classifications of life - the Protoctists, replacing Whittiker's Protists. "The Kingdom Protoctista is defined by exclusion," they state. "Its members are neither animals, plants, fungi nor procaryotes." Their common characteristics are nucleated cells, some kind of flagellum and live in an oxygenated atmosphere [unlike many unicellular forms which cannot tolerate oxygen. Their argument contends that many multicellular forms are more
directly related to these unicellular forms than they are to other multi-celled organisms.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "eupatoriadelphus" on December 13, 2001
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I recommend this book partly on the basis of the two page descriptions and line drawings of each phylum. But I am most impressed with the substantially less animal bias in the treatment of every form of life. Regardless of whether one believes in a five kingdom system or a ten or more kingdom system, this book gives fair coverage to the less celebrated protist groups.
But with all the recent molecular studies that could have served to compliment Lynn's endosymbiotic scenarios, I was disappointed to not see any grand synthesis. With respect to algal phylogenetic hypotheses, a college phycology text published in 1995 (Algae : An Introduction to Phycology by C. Van Den Hoek and others) was more up to date than this 1998 work. In fact some of the groupings made were definitely artificial even without the benefit of the most recent molecular data. Among the most disappointing findings was the lumping of some Heterokonts with choanoflagellates into a "Zoomastigota". The Heterokonts is a fairly diverse group that includes brown algae, diatoms, and water molds and others on the basis of their undulipodia (flagella)and molecular characters. Choanoflagellates are simple organisms that are said to resemble sponge cells, and thus have been proposed to share the most recent common ancestor with true animals. Though I have no problems accepting paraphyletic taxa, even then this "Zoomastigota" would be artificial if molecular evidence continues to suggest that animals (with choanoflagellates) and fungi are closer to each other than they are to heterokonts or green plants.
A less serious quibble that I have was the unnecessary splitting of the Desmids, spirogyra, et al. from Chlorophyta (all green algae).
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