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The Basics of Biology (Basics of the Hard Sciences) Hardcover – August 30, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0313317866 ISBN-10: 0313317860

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Product Details

  • Series: Basics of the Hard Sciences
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313317860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313317866
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,037,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 9 Up–This companion to Robert E. Krebs's The Basics ofEarth Science (2003) and Richard Myers's The Basics ofChemistry (both Greenwood, 2003) offers an overview of the discipline, including its history and key concepts and principles. Chapter coverage includes ecology, evolution, genetics, body systems, and the classes of living organisms. A handful of experiments accompanies each chapter. The final section is devoted to additional open-ended experiments for assignments or personal study. Black-and-white illustrations and charts are scattered throughout the volume and there is an insert of color photos. Boxed areas provide supplementary information. The appendixes include "Investigating Biology on the Internet" and "Units of Measurement." "Landmarks in Biology" covers the major events in the field and important individuals from the 6th century B.C. to 2003. This overview is well suited to novice students. As a reference work, it will be most useful as background material to help students better understand biology articles, books, and news programs and, possibly, as a study guide. A solid introduction.–Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA
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Carol Leth Stone has been a writer and editor since the 1960s, specializing in educational materials for biology and health. She has an MA in human ecology (Governors State) and a PhD in education (Stanford). Today she is continuing to write and edit on a part-time basis, being busy with other interests: sharing a mostly solar-powered home off the grid in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California with her partner, traveling, and living as a dedicated environmentalist.

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By CSL on April 9, 2012
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A pertinent quote from the preface: "Readers will not become instant experts on biology, of course. This book is designed mainly as a reference work, to be used as needed for understanding the biological articles, books and news programs that surround us. Readers should achieve a level of understanding that will enable them to read biology articles in the New York Times or Scientific American without becoming confused."

This book, in my opinion, achieves its goal. There are other books and programs to teach the course at a high school or university level. This is a nice reference, from which my homeschooling son, and myself, as well, have benefitted. It does have a fair bit of what I would consider ecology, as well.
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I read part of this while preparing to teach high school biology (and seventh grade life science again) in Christian school. It lacks the many colored photos and diagrams of other books, but this helps it to be a decent portable study guide that I used for summer reading.

Lacking the explanatory pictures and diagrams, I doubt this would really teach biology to someone who knew little about it. But it made for a good summer review, and for filling in some of the blanks in my knowledge of a subject that I got some of my college credits in years ago when we didn't know as much.

Were it not so expensive (textbooks always are), I'd buy this. I borrowed it from a library last time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 6, 2004
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Joining others in the `basics of hard sciences' series is an important guide recommended as a pick for any student of college-level biology - including quite a few at the advanced high school level. Students here receive an introduction to the science of biology, an overview of the history and key scientists and concepts involved in the discipline, and a topical arrangement which lends to easy browsing and information retrieval. An outstanding introduction combining simplicity of access with concrete facts.
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