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What Is Life? A Guide to Biology w/Prep-U
Often described as the most effective non-majors biology textbook of the decade, Jay Phelan's What is Life? A Guide to Biology offers a comprehensive coverage of the most important concepts essential to the study of life. He offers a readable and relatable text that allows students to understand even the most complex ideas about biology. The book aims to...
Often described as the most effective non-majors biology textbook of the decade, Jay Phelan's What is Life? A Guide to Biology offers a comprehensive coverage of the most important concepts essential to the study of life. He offers a readable and relatable text that allows students to understand even the most complex ideas about biology. The book aims to engage students in a way that would heighten their interest in the science, through the author's skillful organization and friendly writing style. His approach involves in-text questions known as ‘Q questions,' which serve as teasers to encourage students to keep reading. What Is Life?: A Guide to Biology w/Prep-U (9781429223188) promotes scientific thinking as the best approach to understanding the world. It talks about the chemistry of life, cells, and energy. Genetics, evolution, and behavior are also among the most important topics covered in the book. Evolution and life diversity are also discussed, including animal, plant and fungi diversification. Topics under ecology include population ecology, ecosystems, communities, conservation and biodiversity. Author Jay Phelan also explains health and physiology, under which are circulation, respiration, nutrition and digestion, hormones, neurons and neurotransmitters, reproduction and development, as well as immunity and health. Phelan is a biology professor at UCLA; he earned a bachelor's and master's degree from UCLA and Yale, respectively. He received his PhD from Harvard, and specializes in research in the area of evolutionary genetics. His works have been published in a variety of science journals, while his research was featured and broadcasted on CNN, BBC, and National Public Radio. Among his notable textbooks are Questions About Life Reader 2012, and several editions of What is Life.
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