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Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life by C.Starr & R.Taggart

Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)  



  • Cecie Starr

  • Ralph Taggart


  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 10 edition (January 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0534388000
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.67 pounds


Book Description

Cecie Starr and Ralph Taggart are among the most successful authors in introductory, biological science instruction because of their lively approach, engaging writing style, current coverage of the breadth of biology’s topics, and their unique illustrations. In this Tenth Edition of Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, the authors use the important connections among molecular structure, biological function, and evolution to encourage student understanding instead of memorization. For example, Chapter 1 includes a preview of life’s unity and diversity with an evolutionary perspective. Similar sections in Chapters 3, 5, and 6, on the structure and function of enzymes and other molecules, prepare students for chapters on cell structure and metabolism, genetics, evolution, anatomy, and physiology. This background prepares students to understand the power of comparative molecular studies in clarifying evolutionary relationships. Connections essays (28 in all) focus on this new integration of molecular structure, function, and evolution. The first essay (1.4) answers an important question: How can life display both unity and diversity? It shows how the theory of evolution by natural selection connects the two. Other essays consider evolutionary interplays between infectious agents and their hosts; cloning and genetically engineered mammals, the evolution of life over the past 3.8 billion years, and archaeopteryx and the ancestry of whales (to show that interpreting the past scientifically requires an intellectual shift). Improvements in the media package meet the high standards instructors have come to expect. There is a new version of the complimentary Interactive Concepts in Biology Student CD-ROM with nearly 800 interactions to clarify and reinforce key concepts. For instructors, there is a Multimedia Manager with art and graphics from the text already in PowerPoint format, as well as CNN Today video clips (294 in all), now available digitally.  

Book Info

(Thompson Learning) Textbook teaching the reader basic concepts of biology. Topics include the definition of life, how organisms live, how they function, and how they are constructed. Covers all animal and plant life from the cellular level to ecology and behavior. Previous edition not cited. DLC: Biology. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 

About the Author(s)

Cecie Starr: For the past two decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best selling biology textbook authors. Her texts appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Ralph Taggert ? Former Chair of Biological Sciences at Michigan State University, Ralph Taggert is now the chair of Geological Sciences. Known for his outstanding research in Paleobotany, he taught the general biology course for over 20 years.   



Homeschoolers Take Note!, September 18, 2000

This is a fantastic text for homeschooling. Each concept is introduced, discussed, and wrapped up in a 2-page spread. This is *not* the dry bio text you remember from high school. It is fascinating enough that I find myself stealing it from my daughter’s room. Perfect for a science-loving homeschooler who is hungry for advanced texts at an earlier age because the setup is conducive to parental participation and discussion. However, be advised it is written from an evolutionary point of view if you are inclined to avoid this emphais. And of course there’s that really cool picture of the monkey fighting the cheetah 😉