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Biology: Life on Earth, 7th Edition 7th Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0131005068
ISBN-10: 0131005065
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This best-selling introductory text, widely praised for its lively writing style and impeccable scientific presentation, has been revised to reflect the changing dynamics of introductory biology. Emphasizing concepts over facts and critical thinking over memorization, Life on Earth presents the dynamic processes at work in biology and conveys the relevance and excitement of this discipline to students. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Key Benefit: This best-selling introductory book, widely praised for its lively writing style and impeccable scientific presentation, has been revised to reflect the changing dynamics of introductory biology. Emphasizing concepts over facts and critical thinking over memorization, Life on Earth presents the dynamic processes at work in biology and conveys the relevance and excitement of this discipline to readers. Key Topics: Centered on Concepts—Life on Earth brings concepts to the foreground rather than obscuring them with unnecessary detail; Applying the Concepts sections include creative problems (over 60% new) that ask readers to apply critical thinking skills to real world scenarios; at least 2 questions per chapter directly examine the impact of science and technology upon society; by capturing the wonder of “why?”, connects with readers and their first hand experience as a foundation upon which to learn concepts; conveys the dynamic process of science and discovery, emphasizing the people and processes behind the science; topics from “Scientific Inquiry” include DNA fingerprinting, the use of biotechnology in prenatal diagnosis, and using molecular genetics to investigate evolutionary relationships; by beginning with DNA and molecular genetics, the book captures reader interest by building on a familiar high- impact topic; book also clarifies the unifying threads of the discipline. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 897 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson/Prentice Hall; 7th edition (August 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131005065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131005068
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen Jones on December 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
(Note: This review refers to the fifth edition of this book.) The authors of Biology: Life on Earth have written a beautiful, fairly comprehensive but not overwhelming introduction to the subject of biology. Although I have a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's in botany and found the book to be straightforward and clear, it is written so well and in such an engaging and conversational style that it should also be straightforward and clear to anyone who is new to biology. The colorful photographs and detailed diagrams add to the beauty of the book. I also like the feel of the pages.
Many introductory biology books nowadays are quite heavy and bulky, and there is so much information in them that it is sometimes hard to get the "big picture." But this particular book is able to get the main aspects of biology conveyed in a more compact size. ( Some biology textbooks can be upwards of 1200 or more pages long, but this book gets the job done in less than 900.)
This is the textbook I would most recommend to someone who is just starting to learn the details of biology. Other biology books, such as those by Campbell, by Raven, and by Solomon et al., are more comprehensive and perhaps are better as reference books than this one might be, but their details can overwhelm the beginner.
I gave this book four stars, not five, for two reasons. First, as with many textbooks, there was at least one incorrect statement. It said on page 74 that potassium, sodium, and calcium ions are molecules, when in fact they are simply charged atoms, not molecules. Second, and this criticism may be biased because I like biochemistry, the book could have included the molecular structures of all twenty amino acids, not just a few.
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By A Customer on June 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a student, I think authors did a good job on explaining the subject. It doesn't go too details about every topics it covers but it seems that authors give more emphasis on some topics(should say more interesting ones). Every chapter opens up with a discussion or phenomenon that is addressed in the chapter or at the end of chapter. My university uses this book as a text for NON-MAJOR biology class. I read every single line(no joke) in the book and find the chapters to be stimulating, interesting and cover what students ought to know. The book comes with a CD that helped me out in the learning process (things like simulation of an event, figures, tips and techniques) . Very satisfied with this book.
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This book is very comprehensive in explaining all aspects of Biology. It has wonderful charts and pictures and is a very good investment. Whether you are in school, high school, college, or University, it will offer a very detailed view of our life on earth. It even includes a CD-Rom, and activities and "tests" at the end of each chapter.
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I was skeptical about reading other reviews on this book saying it was "bad" and didn't make any sense, but I'm going to agree with them on this one. My class for college required that I purchase this book and so I have no other choice to read this book. I'm reading the first chapter and I don't understand how on earth (no pun intended) they made basic biology so confusing. I've taken biology before so this isn't particularly new to me but this book makes it seems so confusing and difficult to understand. I'm literally in the middle of reading Chapter 1 but I just had to stop to write this review because reading this textbook anymore is just going to make me angry.

Do not buy this book or make the mistake of taking a class that requires this book. It's obviously too early in the game, but dropping this class may have to be an option for me.

EDIT 4/13/15: So it's the end of the semester for me, and I thought I'd at least give a short post review. Previously I had given the book a 1/5 stars, but I think it's a solid 3 now. Biology is a difficult and complex subject and so it really isn't the easiest to teach. I found that the chapter reviews at the end of every chapter really helped me solidify the information. That + whatever in-class material you have should definitely suffice for an A. It's not the easiest book, so you might have to re-read a paragraph here and there.
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I bought this textbook for my biology class (yay, gen eds!) and I was expecting it to be boring. It was. But at least it wasn't as miserable or confusing as many other textbooks I had the misfortune of reading.

As far as textbooks go, this one is great. It's about average page length and chapter length. The pages are fairly sturdy and don't wrinkle as easily as a normal book's pages do. It has a nice, clean layout with lots of graphs and charts to help the visual learner. The information is always relevant to the chapter titles, and the content doesn't deviate much from other types of biology textbooks.

A note for students whose classes may be asking for the 10th edition: this book is almost exactly the same. Some small sections are switched around, but the chapters are otherwise exactly the same and even in the same order. I really suggest you save yourself a couple hundred bucks and buy this one instead. You won't be missing anything.
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