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What is Life?: A Guide to Biology with Physiology

Textbook

By: Jay Phelan (Author)

1024 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations

W.H. Freeman & Co. Ltd

Paperback | Apr 2015 | Edition: 3 | #222210 | ISBN-13: 9781464157745
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About this book

From the front of the classroom to the top of the bestseller's list, award-winning educator Jay Phelan knows how to tell the story of how scientists investigate the big questions about life. He is also a master at using biology as a springboard for developing the critical thinking skills and scientific literacy that are essential to students through college and throughout their lives.

Phelan's dynamic approach to teaching biology is the driving force behind What is Life? – the most successful new non-majors biology textbook of the millennium. The rigorously updated new edition brings forward the features that made What is Life? a classroom favorite (chapters anchored to intriguing questions about life, spectacular original illustrations, innovative learning tools) with new features, enhanced art, and full integration with its own dedicated version of LaunchPad – W.H. Freeman's breakthrough online course space, which fully integrates an interactive e-Book, all student media, a wide range of assessment and course management features, in a new interface in which power and simplicity go hand in hand.


Contents

Part 1 THE FACTS OF LIFE
1. Scientific Thinking | Your best pathway to understanding the world
2. Chemistry | Raw materials and fuel for our bodies
3. Cells | The smallest part of you
4. Energy | From the sun to you in just two steps

Part 2 GENETICS, EVOLUTION, AND BEHAVIOR
5. DNA, Gene Expression, and Biotechnology | What is the code, and how is it harnessed?
6. Chromosomes and Cell Division | Continuity and variety
7. Genes and Inheritance | Family resemblance: how traits are inherited
8. Evolution and Natural Selection | Darwin’s dangerous idea
9. Evolution and Behavior | Communication, cooperation, and conflict in the animal world

Part 3 EVOLUTION AND THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE
10. The Origin and Diversification of Life on Earth | Understanding biodiversity
11. Animal Diversification | Visibility in motion
12. Plant and Fungi Diversification | Where did all the plants and fungi come from?
13. Evolution and Diversity among the Microbes | Bacteria, archaea, protists, and viruses: the unseen world

Part 4 ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
14. Population Ecology | Planet at capacity: patterns of population growth
15. Ecosystems and Communities | Organisms and their environments
16. Conservation and Biodiversity | Human influences on the environment

Part 5 PLANT LIFE
17. Plant Structure and Nutrient Transport | How plants function and why we need them
18. Growth and Reproduction in Plants | Problem solving with flowers and wood .
19. Plants Respond to their Environments | Defending and regulating while rooted in the ground .

Part 6 HEALTH AND PHYSIOLOGY
20. Introduction to Animal Physiology | Principles of animal organization and function
21. Circulation and Respiration | Transporting fuel, raw materials, and gases into, out of, and around the body
22. Nutrition and Digestion | At rest and at play: optimizing human physiological functioning
23. Nervous and Motor Systems | Actions, reactions, sensations, and addictions: meet your nervous system
24. Hormones | Mood, emotions, growth, and more: hormones as master regulators .
25. Reproduction and Development | From two parents to one embryo to one baby
26. Immunity and Health | How the body defends and maintains itself


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Biography

Jay Phelan teaches biology at UCLA, where he has taught introductory biology in large lectures for majors and nonmajors for twelve years. He received his PhD in evolutionary biology from Harvard in 1995, and his master's and bachelor's degrees from Yale and UCLA. His primary area of research is evolutionary genetics, and his original research has been published in Evolution, Experimental Gerontology, and the Journal of Integrative and Comparative Biology, among others.

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