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The varying experiences and professional backgrounds of David M. Hillis, David Sadava, H. Craig Heller, and Mary V. Price combine flawlessly to present students with an engaging resource in their textbook Principles of Life, ISBN 9781429257213. Directed at introductory major courses, this book offers readers with a straightforward presentation of the most...
The varying experiences and professional backgrounds of David M. Hillis, David Sadava, H. Craig Heller, and Mary V. Price combine flawlessly to present students with an engaging resource in their textbook Principles of Life, ISBN 9781429257213. Directed at introductory major courses, this book offers readers with a straightforward presentation of the most essential concepts of biology. The inclusion of hands-on experiments and opportunities to analyze research data makes this text a wonderfully, student-centered resource that challenges the application of skills. Several effective text features are integrated into this book including chapter-opening stories that set up interesting questions in a recognizable real-world context and a consistent presentation of key concepts throughout chapters with a 'Key Concepts List' beginning each chapter, followed by 'Do You Understand the Concept?' 'Apply the Concept' and 'A Summary' provided throughout to revisit concepts. Other useful features include the presentation of research tools, investigation figures that describe a key experiment's hypothesis, methods, results, and conclusion, and cross-referenced links that show students the integrative nature of biology by referring them to a more thorough discussion of a key term elsewhere in the book. Finally, balloon captions accompany figures to help students understand the story at a glance, without necessarily relying on the associated text and 'Frontier' features included in each chapter offer real-world applications of important concepts to introduce students to fascinating ongoing avenues of research. David M. Hillis, David Sadava, H. Craig Heller, and Mary V. Price offer students seven concise sections and 46 chapters to organize the concepts of Principles of Life. Sections of this book are devoted to the major facets of biology including cells, genetics, evolution, diversity, plant form and function, animal form and function, and finally, ecology.
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