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Life: The Science of Biology Sixth Edition Edition
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"Life: The Science of Biology" has definitely been one of the better biology textbooks I've used. The text is well written, with clear explanations and plenty of real-life examples to help you tie small details into the bigger picture. But beware: The information here is incredibly in-depth, so if you're only looking for a basic overview of biology, you may actually want a slightly simpler book, otherwise you may get lost in all the details. It was perfect for my 200-level class, and gave me all the information I needed, but I don't think it would be the ideal text for an introductory biology course. One other reviewer here mentioned that she used this text to teach her AP biology students. I took AP biology in high school (and got a 5 on the exam) and can guarantee you that this text contains far, far more than you would ever need to know to get a perfect score. It's definitely a college level text.
The book has numerous detailed, well-labeled diagrams that are helpful in understanding different processes. In fact, being a rather visual, hands-on learner, I sometimes found the step-by-step diagrams easier to follow than the text itself. There are also plenty of great photographs and other helpful images. At the end of each chapter there is a bare-bones overview of key points you should know, and a self-quiz to help you evaluate your grasp of the material.Read more ›
This 9th edition was the required book for the two-semester bio sequence at the east campus Valencia Community College. The other campuses use Campbell, and to compare the two books side by side for any topic is enough to make you cry at spending so much for this one.
I bought a used copy of Campbell (one edition prior to current) because I looked at a copy and it was SO much easier to understand. It's better organized, more clearly written, uses helpful transitions to tie topics together and to review earlier topics before going on, and the pictures are SO much clearer in Campbell!
Every time I read the Sadava material, I felt confused. Then I'd read the same section in Campbell and would totally understand! I feel that using Campbell is the single reason that I have scored far above anyone else in my class on every assignment and test the entire semester.
If I were selecting a biology book to be used in a class I was teaching, I literally cannot imagine looking at both Campbell and Sadava and choosing Sadava.
NOW, in regards to buying the book. This is a rare occasion in which the Amazon price is much higher than what you can find in a campus bookstore. I bought the textbook and BioPortal for $110 from my university, which usually gouges you as much as they can. Not sure why it's almost $200 here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an excellent biology book! I used it 11 years ago and found myself really understanding everything well with all the wonderful diagrams. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Love2Review
I got exactly as was described, with everything neatly packaged.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for my son's college class. I believe he will be keeping this one long after the class is over.Published 12 months ago by Elaine Lamle
If you buy into the "church of evolution" then this is the book for you. I think there are ways to explain and teach about biology that don't ram Evolution Theory down your... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lora D. Mills
Do I love the book itself? IDK, it's a text book. As text books go its just fine but honestly, so are most of the other ones the professors could pick from. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Avid Reader