Biology For Dummies

Biology For Dummies

3.96 (64 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$19.70

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


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.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 188 x 232 x 24mm | 579.99g
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0470598751
  • 9780470598757
  • 58,824

Back cover copy

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
show more

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.
show more

About Donna Rae Siegfried

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.
show more

Rating details

64 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 33% (21)
4 39% (25)
3 23% (15)
2 2% (1)
1 3% (2)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X