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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"[H]as much to recommend it."
School Science Review
"This solid introduction provides an overview of the field; history, key concepts, and principles. Up-to-date information on ecology and genetics accompany basic coverage of evolution, body systems, and the classes of living organisms. An insert of color photographs complements the black-and-white drawings, charts, and graphs while boxed areas contain supplemental information, such as a discussion of the new imaging techniques used in medical diagnosis."
Curriculum Connections/School Library Journal
"[O]ffers an overview of the discipline, including its history and key concepts and principles . . . . 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."
School Library Journal
"The Basics of Biology is a well-written, non-threatening introduction to biology intended for the layperson. It is designed as a reference to allow the reader to understand biological articles, books and news programs. It has also been structured in accordance with the National Science Education Standards for high school biology so it could be used to develop curriculum."
"This book is useful for updating biology references for high school students or teachers at the middle school level."
"[P]rovides very useful suggestions to high school students seeking topics for science projects . . . . [A]dult users attempting to understand debates over gene typing, stem cell research and genetically altered foods may find this a useful, up-to-date review of fundamental issues in biology."
Lawrence Looks at Books
"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."