Life: The Science of Biology

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-12-01
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman
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PLEASE NOTE: This title is distributed and sold by W. H. Freeman/Macmillan Learning.

With roots 10 editions deep, Life: The Science of Biology blends carefully reviewed content and an emphasis on experiments with a contemporary approach to active learning in the classroom. Throughout, we focus on three driving themes:

We want students to come away from the introductory biology course with a sense of wonder and an ability to pursue biological questions. To that end, we keep the writing lively, the examples modern and exciting, and the emphasis on how we know what we know.

To help students engage with the course, an Investigating Life thread weaves through each chapter. Each individual part of the thread appeals to students, inspires them to ask questions, and keeps them wanting to know, "What next?" The beauty of the thread is that it gives students an authentic scientific experience beyond just reading about someone's research results.

Life is ACTIVE
With the help of the Advisory Board, we've developed a series of pedagogical features that integrate tools for instructors with those for student independent study. Students work their way toward real understanding of biological principles. We don't just ask them to memorize information--we invite them to actively participate in the process of discovery.

For instructors wanting to make active learning a part of their classroom, we've created an Active Learning Guide, with start-up material, ideas, and a complete guide to all the Life activities that are ready to add to your in-class repertoire.

We want students to feel comfortable as they learn to manipulate and interpret data. The various types of problem-solving exercises in Life help them develop practical, analytical, and quantitative skills--skills that will benefit them whether they continue in biology or not. Exercises vary in skill level, type, and approach, with answers in the back of the book.

The response to our Work with the Data boxes has been so consistently positive that we now include at least one in every chapter. This feature asks students to analyze data from original scientific experiments, and includes questions in the text plus, now, a corresponding set of alternative exercises online in LaunchPad. We also provide an appendix, Making Sense of Data: A Statistics Primer, to help students prepare for the quantitative work they'll be doing.

Experience Life through LAUNCHPAD

With this edition's LaunchPad, Life is more than ever a truly integrated text/media resource. LaunchPad gives students everything they need to prepare for class and exams, while giving instructors everything they need to set up a course, customize the content, craft presentations, assign homework, assess students, and guide the progress of individuals and the class as a whole.

Author Biography

David Sadava is the Pritzker Family Foundation Professor of Biology, Emeritus at the Keck Science Center of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps, three of The Claremont Colleges. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor of Cancer Cell Biology at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. Twice winner of the Huntoon Award for superior teaching, Dr. Sadava has taught courses on introductory biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, plant biology, and cancer biology. In addition to Life: The Science of Biology and Principles of Life, he is the author or coauthor of books on cell biology and on plants, genes, and crop biotechnology. His research has resulted in many papers coauthored with his students, on topics ranging from plant biochemistry to pharmacology of narcotic analgesics to human genetic diseases. For the past 20 years, he has investigated multidrug resistance in human small-cell lung cancer with a view to understanding and overcoming this clinical challenge. At the City of Hope, his current work focuses on new anti-cancer agents from plants. He is the featured lecturer in “Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes and their Real-World Applications” and “What Science Knows About Cancer” video courses for The Great Courses series.

David M. Hillis is the Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor in Integrative Biology and the Director of the Dean’s Scholars Program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also has directed the School of Biological Sciences and the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Dr. Hillis has taught courses in introductory biology, genetics, evolution, systematics, and biodiversity. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellowship, and has served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution and of the Society of Systematic Biologists. He served on the National Research Council committee that wrote the report BIO 2010: Transforming Undergraduate Biology Education for Research Biologists, and he serves on the Executive Committee of the National Academies Scientific Teaching Alliance. His research interests span much of evolutionary biology, including experimental studies of viral evolution, empirical studies of natural molecular evolution, applications of phylogenetics, analyses of biodiversity, and evolutionary modeling. He is particularly interested in teaching and research about the practical applications of evolutionary biology.

H. Craig Heller is the Lorry I. Lokey/Business Wire Professor in Biological Sciences and Human Biology at Stanford University. He has taught neurobiology and physiology in the core biology courses at Stanford since 1972 and served as Director of the Program in Human Biology, Chairman of the Biology Department, and Associate Dean of Research. Dr. Heller is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the Walter J. Gores Award for excellence in teaching and the Kenneth Cuthbertson Award for Exceptional Service to Stanford University. His research is on the neurobiology of sleep and circadian rhythms, mammalian hibernation, the regulation of body temperature, the physiology of human performance, and the neurobiology of learning and memory. He has done research on many species and problems ranging from sleeping kangaroo rats, diving seals, hibernating bears and squirrels, photoperiodic hamsters, and exercising athletes. Dr. Heller has extended his enthusiasm for promoting active learning via the development of a two-year curriculum in human biology for the middle grades and through the production of Virtual Labs—interactive computer-based modules to teach physiology.

Sally D. Hacker is Professor at Oregon State University where she has been a faculty member since 2004. She has taught courses in introductory ecology, community ecology, invasion biology, field ecology, and marine biology. She was awarded the Murray F. Buell Award by the Ecological Society of America and the Young Investigator Prize by the American Society of Naturalists. Dr. Hacker’s research explores the structure, function, and services of natural and managed ecosystems under varying contexts of species interactions and global change. She has conducted research with plants and animals in rocky intertidal, salt marsh, seagrass, and coastal dune ecosystems. Her work has most recently focused on the protective role of dune ecosystems in mitigating coastal vulnerability due to climate change. In addition to the textbooks Life: The Science of Biology and Ecology (Sinauer Associates), she is author or coauthor on numerous articles and book chapters exploring community ecology, species interactions, marine invasions, and ecosystem services important to coastal management. She is particularly interested in promoting active and experiential learning for students interested in ecology and field-emersion experiences.

Table of Contents

Part ONE    The Science of Life and Its Chemical Basis
 1 Studying Life 
 2 Small Molecules and the Chemistry of Life 
 3 Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Lipids 
 4 Nucleic Acids and the Origin of Life 
Part TWO   Cells
 5 Cells: The Working Units of Life 
 6 Cell Membranes 
 7 Cell Communication and Multicellularity 
Part THREE   Cells and Energy
 8 Energy, Enzymes, and Metabolism 
 9 Pathways that Harvest Chemical Energy 
10 Photosynthesis: Energy from Sunlight 
Part FOUR   Genes and Heredity
11 The Cell Cycle and Cell Division 
12 Inheritance, Genes, and Chromosomes 
13 DNA and Its Role in Heredity 
14 From DNA to Protein: Gene Expression 
15 Gene Mutation and Molecular Medicine 
16 Regulation of Gene Expression 
Part FIVE   Genomes
17 Genomes 
18 Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology 
19 Genes, Development, and Evolution 
Part Six   The Patterns and Processes of Evolution
20 Processes of Evolution 
21 Reconstructing and Using Phylogenies 
22 Speciation 
23 Evolution of Genes and Genomes 
24 The History of Life on Earth 
Part SEVEN   The Evolution of Diversity
25 Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses 
26 The Origin and Diversification of Eukaryotes 
27 Plants without Seeds: From Water to Land 
28 The Evolution of Seed Plants 
29 The Evolution and Diversity of Fungi 
30 Animal Origins and the Evolution of Body Plans 
31 Protostome Animals 
32 Deuterostome Animals 
Part Eight   Flowering Plants: Form and Function
33 The Plant Body 
34 Transport in Plants 
35 Plant Nutrition 
36 Regulation of Plant Growth 
37 Reproduction in Flowering Plants 
38 Plant Responses to Environmental Challenges 
Part NINE   Animals: Form and Function
39 Physiology, Homeostasis, and Temperature Regulation 
40 Animal Hormones 
41 Immunology: Animal Defense Systems  
42 Animal Reproduction 
43 Animal Development 
44 Neurons, Glia, and Nervous Systems 
45 Sensory Systems 
46 The Mammalian Nervous System 
47 Musculoskeletal Systems 
48 Gas Exchange 
49 Circulatory Systems 
50 Nutrition, Digestion, and Absorption 
51 Salt and Water Balance and Nitrogen Excretion 
52 Animal Behavior 
Part Ten   Ecology
53 The Physical Environment and Biogeography of Life  
54 Populations
55 Species Interactions 
56 Communities 
57 Ecosystems  
58 A Changing Biosphere 

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