The Way Life Works is the perfect answer for any instructor seeking a more concise, meaningful, and flexible alternative to the standard introductory biology text.
Organized around one central idea – the amazing unity that underlies biological diversity – this book presents biology's basic concepts and applications through a brilliant interweaving of incisive explanations, imaginative analogies, and stunning visual graphics.
The process of science is strongly emphasized, and specific historical and current research is presented to elucidate the achievements of scientific exploration and the roles of curiosity and observation in initiating the scientific process.
Easily adaptable to multiple teaching styles, this irresistably readable, innovative, and engaging new textbook is guaranteed to inspire both teachers and students alike.
Features & Benefits
- A concept-driven approach emphasizes broad, unifying themes so that students are able to grasp "the big picture" and achieve a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that underlie biological diversity.
- Strong emphasis on the tools and process of science shows students how we have discovered what we know so far about living systems and that research is a continuum in which one person's work builds on others and helps others.
- Doing Science boxes contain abstracts from current scientific papers that exemplify the application of basic concepts to ongoing reseach.
- Tools of Science boxes contain descriptions of the scientific tools used to discover and elaborate on basic concepts.
- Observing the Way Life Works are photographs and quotations, descriptions and depictions of nature by scientists and non scientist observers.
- Rich visual graphics, intertwined with imaginative analogies, and incisive explanations, transform the complex ideas and science of biology into a subject that is readily accessible, fascinating, and relevant.
- Stunning illustrations by expert Bert Dodson help students visualize complex biological processes and appreciate the beauty and unity of the living world.
- Imaginative analogies help students connect the familiar world of their own observations to the dynamic world of scientific discovery and exploration.
- Superbly written explanations clearly and eloquently describe the fascinating workings of nature - how life grows, develops, reproduces, and gets along - and the roles that observation and curiosity play in initiating the scientific process.
- Flexible organization and an extensive teaching package make it easy to adapt chapter material to multiple teaching styles and formats.
- Brief, concise self-contained chapters are easily supplemented with additional resources of an instructor's own choosing or from the Web links.
- Extensive PowerPoint presentations, including complete text outlines and art, as well as a full complement of additional material (e.g - an entire powerpoint presentation with text and art of cell structure and function), to help instructors expand upon the book's content.
- New to this Edition! Connections is an impressive Web site where students will find a number of exercises and links to other resources that expand on chapter material. Also available for instructors:
A Teaching Forum where ideas and suggestions about approaches to teaching introductory biology can be exchanged.
A growing library of contributed applications of biological concepts and abstracts from research papers.
The processes of science permeate this book. Throughout, there is an understanding that science is not owned by scientists - that many of the questions science asks are formalized versions of the questions most curious people ask. It focuses, too, on the content in which science happens, and shows that science arises from careful observation of nature, a province accessible to all of us.
- Non-major's introductory biology (freshman level)
- High School general biology
Also serves as a valuable supplement for courses in:
- Molecular Biology
- Environmental Science
Mahlon Hoagland, a noted molecular biologist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, is best known as discoverer of amino acid activating enzymes and codiscoverer of transfer RNA. A winner of the Franklin Medal, he is former Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, Dartmouth Medical School. He has written four books about science for the public.
Bert Dodson has illustrated over sixty books. He is the author of Keys to Drawing, published in eight languages. An avid science scholar, he has played a key role in a program to educate the nation's judges about molecular biology. He recently designed the animations for a PBS series about microbiology, Intimate Strangers.
Judy Hauck has twelve years of teaching and fifteen years of college science textbook development experience. She has developed successful texts in physics, chemistry, astronomy and statistics, among other disciplines, but is genetically programmed especially to love and teach the biological sciences.