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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I rented it for class. We barely used it. Cover is slightly ripped on binding. Worked well for my needs.Published 9 days ago by Gretchen Anna
Nice. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a great textbook without breaking the bank as it were.Published 1 month ago by Norma Prue
help me get out of my class and it was very easy to understand especially for someone who struggles with BiologyPublished 3 months ago by oni kennedy
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