From School Library Journal
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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