Visual Preview illustrations depict biological concepts one step at a time, including all major concepts in the text. You can easily integrate the Visual Previews into your lecture using BioLink CD-ROM.
As with every revision, Starr's simplified writing presents scientifically sound story lines, tightening the writing overall and expanding selected topics that can be confusing if not presented in sufficient detail. Because Starr thinks a text should be readable, first and foremost, she worked tirelessly to make this Fourth Edition clear, interesting, and engaging.
Applications appear throughout the text including Focus on…essays and chapter-opening vignettes. This edition's Applications Index contains more than 1000 entries with links to the applications. Students can look up any number of topics - such as bioethics or behavior - to find pertinent information. Then they can see how understanding biology helps us interpret the world in which we live.
The Interactive Concepts in Biology CD-ROM, free with every new copy of the text, enhances every Concept Spread in the book with animations, sound, video clips, and a speaking glossary. The interactive exercises give students the opportunity to do biology experiments, and chapter-based quizzes allow self-assessment. This CD-ROM has been revised and expanded to accompany the Fourth Edition.
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About the Author
For decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, incredible texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice."
Christine Evers has been providing tools for biology education for more than 20 years. Before becoming a textbook author, she provided content for Genentech's Access Excellence website and developed digital course materials for a variety of publishers. She received her undergraduate education at SUNY Stony Brook and did graduate work at Yale University.
Lisa Starr has been creating incredible art for the Starr biology textbooks since 1997 and began authoring the books in 2004. She has a passion for all things science, and particularly enjoys parsing complex scientific concepts into written and visual content that engages nonscientists. She has an education in chemistry and biochemistry and an extensive background in molecular biology-based research in both academic and industrial settings.
Table of ContentsIntroduction. 1. Concepts and Methods in Biology. PART I: PRINCIPLES OF CELLULAR LIFE. 2. Chemical Foundations for Cells. 3. Carbon Compounds in Cells. 4. Cell Structure and Function. 5. Ground Rules of Metabolism. 6. How Cells Acquire Energy. 7. How Cells Release Stored Energy. PART II: PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE. 8. Cell Division and Mitosis. 9. Meiosis. 10. Observable Patterns of Inheritance. 11. Chromosomes and Human Genetics. 12. DNA Structure and Function. 13. From DNA to Proteins. 14. Controls Over Genetics. 15. Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering. PART III: PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION. 16. Microevolution. 17. Speciation. 18. The Macroevolutionary Puzzle. PART IV: EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY. 19. The Origin and Evolution of Life. 20. Bacteria, Viruses, and Protistans. 21. Fungi. 22. Plants. 23. Animals: The Invertebrates. 24. Animals: The Vertebrates. PART V: PLANT STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION. 25. Plant Tissues. 26. Plant Nutrition and Transport. 27. Plant Reproduction and Development. PART VI: ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION. 28. Tissues, Organ Systems, and Homeostasis. 29. Integration and Control: Nervous Systems. 30. Sensory Reception. 31.ENDocrine Control. 32. Protection, Support, and Movement. 33. Circulation. 34. Immunity. 35. Respiration. 36. Digestion and Human Nutrition. 37. The Internal Environment. 38. Reproduction and Development. PART VII: ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR. 39. Population Ecology. 40. Community Interactions. 41. Ecosystems. 42. The Biosphere. 43. Human Impact on the Biosphere. 44. An Evolutionary View of Behavior. Appendix I: Classification Scheme. Appendix II: Units of Measure. Appendix III: Answers to Self-Quizzes. AppendixIV: Answers to Genetics Problems. Appendix V: A Closer Look At Some Major Metabolic Pathways. Appendix VI: Periodic Table of the Elements.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found the book easy to follow (high school senior), but it lacked in depth detail of particular topics.
I think I know sufficient high school chemistry and biochemistry being over 25 years in the business of biology physiology and medicine. I got in contact with this book, when my daughter in 9th grade had to read about molecules. This chapter is totally confusing with alkanes without explaining alcanes, sugars without explaining what a sugar is, polysugars without discerning why they are different, polyalcohols withot explaining what an alcohol is, fatty acids and then suddenly sex hormones and the casual existence of the double helix. This is the most confusing book I ever held in my hands. This book is neither useful as base line text nor to review specific biologic functions down to the molecular level. I would consider this at most as waste of paper.