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Cutting edge biological concepts delivered with a greater emphasis on evolution and a logical use of analogies.

George Johnsons textbook, The Living World is often considered to be a student favorite. Dr. Johnson has written this non-majors textbook from the ground up to be an engaging and accessible learning tool with an emphasis on "how things work and why things happen the way they do". This authoritative textbook features a straightforward, clear writing style and a wide variety of media assets to enhance the content of the textbook.

The strength of the fifth edition is the integration of many tools that are designed to inspire both students and instructors. The multi-media package for the new edition stretches students beyond the confines of the traditional textbook to include high interest video clips and animations of key biological concepts.

About the Author

George B. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis and a professor of genetics at the university's School of Medicine. He is a prolific author of life science texts and curriculum products in a variety of media. New to his list of works are the Explorations of Human Biology CD-ROM and the textbook Human Biology, both offered by Wm. C. Brown Publishers.Johnson is acknowledged as an authority on population genetics and evolution variability, and he has published more than 50 research papers dealing with these and related topics. Visitors to the St. Louis Zoo can appreciate Johnson's work in the Living World, the educational center of which he is the founding director.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Study of Life

1 The Science of Biology

2 Evolution and Ecology

Part 2 The Living Cell

3 The Chemistry of Life

4 Molecules of Life

5 Cells

6 Energy and Life

7 Photosynthesis: Acquiring Energy from the Sun

8 How Cells Harvest Energy from Food

Part 3 The Continuity of Life

9 Mitosis

10 Meiosis

11 Foundations of Genetics

12 DNA: The Genetic Material

13 How Genes Work

Part 4 The New Biology

14 Gene Technology

15 Genomics

16 The Revolution in Cell Technology

Part 5 The Evolution and Diversity of Life

17 Evolution and Natural Selection

18 How We Name Living Things

19 The First Single-Celled Creatures

20 Advent of the Eukaryotes

21 Fungi Invade the Land

Part 6 Plant Life

22 Evolution of Plants

23 Plant Form and Function

24 Plant Reproduction and Growth

Part 7 Evolution of Animal Life

25 Evolution of the Animal Phyla

26 History of the Vertebrates

27 How Humans Evolved

Part 8 Animal Life

28 The Animal Body and How It Moves

29 Circulation

30 Respiration

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Product Details

Johnson, George B
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Ober, William C.
Losos, Jonathan B.
Johnson, George
Johnson, George B.
Life Sciences - Biology - General
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February 2007
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10.94x9.16x1.32 in. 4.75 lbs.

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