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The Living World is often considered a student favorite. George 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". The Living World focuses on concepts rather than terminology and technical information, and features a straightforward, clear writing style and a wide variety of media assets to enhance the content of the textbook.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 0 Studying Biology UNIT 1 THE STUDY OF LIFE Chapter 1 The science of Biology UNIT 2 THE LIVING CELL Chapter 2 The Chemistry of Life Chapter 3 Molecules of Life Chapter 4 Cells Chapter 5 Energy and Life Chapter 6 Photosynthesis: Acquiring energy from the sun Chapter 7 How Cells Harvest energy from Food UNIT 3 THE CONTINUITY OF LIFE Chapter 8 Mitosis Chapter 9 Meiosis Chapter 10 Foundations of Genetics Chapter 11 DNA: the Genetic Material Chapter 12 How Genes Work Chapter 13 Genomics and Biotechnology UNIT 4 THE EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE Chapter 14 Evolution and natural selection Chapter 15 How We name Living things Chapter 16 Prokaryotes: the First single-CelledCreatures Chapter 17 Protists: Advent of the eukaryotes Chapter 18 Fungi Invade the Land UNIT 5 EVOLUTION OF ANIMALS Chapter 19 Evolution of the Animal Phyla Chapter 20 History of the Vertebrates Chapter 21 How Humans evolved UNIT 6 ANIMAL LIFE Chapter 22 The Animal Body and How It Moves Chapter 23 Circulation Chapter 24 Respiration Chapter 25 The Path of Food through the Animal Body Chapter 26 Maintaining the Internal environment Chapter 27 How the Animal Body Defends Itself Chapter 28 The nervous system Chapter 29 The senses Chapter 30 Chemical signaling Within the Animal Body Chapter 31 Reproduction and Development UNIT 7 PLANT LIFE Chapter 32 Evolution of Plants Chapter 33 Plant Form and Function Chapter 34 Plant Reproduction and Growth UNIT 8 THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT Chapter 35 Populations and Communities Chapter 36 Ecosystems Chapter 37 Behavior and the environment Chapter 38 Human Influences on the Living World