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Biology for Dummies (For Dummies)

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The fast and easy way to understand biology

From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, this friendly guide answers all your questions about how living things work. Written in plain English and packed with helpful illustrations, tables, and diagrams, it cuts right to the chase with easy-to-absorb explanations of the life processes common to all organisms.

  • Biology 101 — get the lowdown on how life is studied and open a window on the world's organisms

  • Jump into the gene pool — discover how cell reproduction and genetics work, from making sense of Mendel's Law of Segregation to dealing with DNA

  • Explore the living world — find out how ecology and evolution are the glue that holds everything together

  • Let's get physical — peruse the principles of physiology to get a handle on animal structure and function

  • Go green — take a look at the life of plants and understand how they acquire energy, reproduce, and so much more

Open the book and find:

  • Plain-English explanations of how living matter works

  • The parts and functions of cells

  • How food works as a source of energy

  • The 411 on reproduction and genetics

  • Fascinating facts about DNA technology

  • The biology of bacteria and viruses

  • How humans affect the circle of life

  • An overview of human anatomy

  • Innate human defenses (and adaptive ones, too!)

Learn to:

  • Identify and dissect the many structures and functions of plants and animals

  • Grasp the latest discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology

  • Think like a biologist and use scientific methods

Synopsis:

An updated edition of the ultimate guide to understanding biology

Ever wondered how the food you eat becomes the energy your body needs to keep going? The theory of evolution says that humans and chimps descended from a common ancestor, but does it tell us how and why? We humans are insatiably curious creatures who can't help wondering how things work — starting with our own bodies. Wouldn't it be great to have a single source of quick answers to all our questions about how living things work? Now there is.

From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, Biology For Dummies, 2nd Edition answers all your questions about how living things work.

  • Written in plain English and packed with dozens of illustrations, quick-reference
  • Cheat Sheets, and helpful tables and diagrams, it cuts right to the chase with fast-paced, easy-to-absorb explanations of the life processes common to all organisms.
  • More than 20% new and updated content, including a substantial overhaul to the organization of topics to make it a friendly classroom supplement
  • Coverage of the most recent developments and discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology
  • Includes practical, up-to-date examples

Whether you're currently enrolled in a biology class or just want to know more about this fascinating and ever-evolving field of study, this engaging guide will give you a grip on complex biology concepts and unlock the mysteries of how life works in no time.

About the Author

Rene Fester Kratz, PhD, is a Biology Instructor at Everett Community College and a member of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership.

Donna Rae Siegfried has been published in Prevention, Runner's World, Men's Health, and Organic Gardening.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Biology Basics.

Chapter 1: Exploring the Living World.

Chapter 2: How Life Is Studied.

Chapter 3: The Chemistry of Life.

Chapter 4: The Living Cell.

Chapter 5: Acquiring Energy to Run the Motor.

Part II: Cell Reproduction and Genetics: Let's Talk about Sex, Baby.

Chapter 6: Dividing to Conquer: Cell Division.

Chapter 7: Making Mendel Proud: Understanding Genetics.

Chapter 8: Reading the Book of Life: DNA and Proteins.

Chapter 9: Engineering the Code: DNA Technology.

Part III: It’s a Small, Interconnected World.

Chapter 10: Biodiversity and Classifi cation.

Chapter 11: Observing How Organisms Get Along.

Chapter 12: Evolving Species in an Ever-Changing World.

Part IV: Systems Galore! Animal Structure and Function.

Chapter 13: Pondering the Principles of Physiology.

Chapter 14: Moving and Shaking: Skeletal and Muscular Systems.

Chapter 15: Going with the Flow: Respiratory and Circulatory Systems.

Chapter 16: Checking Out the Plumbing: Animal Digestive and Excretory Systems.

Chapter 17: Fighting Back: Human Defenses.

Chapter 18: The Nervous and Endocrine Systems, Messengers Extraordinaire.

Chapter 19: Reproduction 101: Making More Animals.

Part V: It’s Not Easy Being Green: Plant Structure and Function.

Chapter 20: Living the Life of a Plant.

Chapter 21: Probing into Plant Physiology.

Part VI: The Par t of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Great Biology Discoveries.

Chapter 23: Ten Ways Biology Affects Your Life.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470598757
Author:
Kratz, Rene Fester
Publisher:
For Dummies
Author:
Siegfried, Donna Rae
Author:
Fester Kratz, Rene
Author:
Rene Fester Kratz, PhD
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
General & Introductory Life Sciences
Subject:
Biology-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
20100615
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.16x7.44x.92 in. 1.27 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , An updated edition of the ultimate guide to understanding biology

Ever wondered how the food you eat becomes the energy your body needs to keep going? The theory of evolution says that humans and chimps descended from a common ancestor, but does it tell us how and why? We humans are insatiably curious creatures who can't help wondering how things work — starting with our own bodies. Wouldn't it be great to have a single source of quick answers to all our questions about how living things work? Now there is.

From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, Biology For Dummies, 2nd Edition answers all your questions about how living things work.

  • Written in plain English and packed with dozens of illustrations, quick-reference
  • Cheat Sheets, and helpful tables and diagrams, it cuts right to the chase with fast-paced, easy-to-absorb explanations of the life processes common to all organisms.
  • More than 20% new and updated content, including a substantial overhaul to the organization of topics to make it a friendly classroom supplement
  • Coverage of the most recent developments and discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology
  • Includes practical, up-to-date examples

Whether you're currently enrolled in a biology class or just want to know more about this fascinating and ever-evolving field of study, this engaging guide will give you a grip on complex biology concepts and unlock the mysteries of how life works in no time.

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