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Biology for a Changing World with Core Physiology

Textbook Out of Print
By: Michele Shuster(Author), Janet Vigna(Author), Matthew Tontonoz(Author)
700 pages
Biology for a Changing World with Core Physiology
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  • Biology for a Changing World with Core Physiology ISBN: 9781464151132 Edition: 2 Paperback Mar 2014 Out of Print #213220
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About this book

From the groundbreaking partnership of W. H. Freeman and Scientific American comes this one-of-a-kind introduction to the science of biology and its impact on the way we live. Biology for a Changing World explores the core ideas of biology through a series of chapters written and illustrated in the style of a Scientific American article.

New to this edition:
New Chapter Stories
- NASA’s 2012 Curiosity Mission (Ch. 2, Chemistry and Molecules of Life)
- Latest global malnutrition treatments (Ch. 4, Nutrition, Metabolism, Enzymes)
- Discovery and development of cancer blockbuster taxol (Ch. 9, Cell Division and Mitosis)
- Latest stem cell technology, including organ printing (Ch. 13, Stem Cells and Cell Differentiation)
- How urban environments affect animals (Ch. 15, Nonadaptive Evolution and Speciation)
- Greenburg, KS, rebuilding green after destroyed by a tornado (Ch. 24, Ecosystem Ecology)
New Physiology Chapters
- A 30-year heart study in Bogalusa, Louisiana, is the setting for covering the cardiovascular system
- A look at elite athletes training in high altitude is the setting for covering the respiratory system
New Milestones
Each unit features at least one Milestone highlight of an historical important discovery.  New to this edition:
- Scientific Rebel about Lynn Margulis and the theory of endosymbiosis
- Progress or Poison? about Rachel Carson and the environmental movement
- Stumbling On a Cure about Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and the discovery of insulin
New! Electronic Instructors Guide
This new teaching tool moves the traditional wraparound annotated teacher’s edition into a convenient interactive environment, enhancing an electronic version of the text with teaching tips, classroom activities, and links in the margins of the screen, just where they will be the most helpful.
New Pedagogy
- New chapter-opening Driving Questions linked with end-of-chapter questions give students a fresh way to focus on the essential ideas of the chapter
- New! More to Explore links lead students to Web sites and articles with additional information about the chapter’s story
- New! Interpreting Data questions ask students to analyze data in tables, charts, or graphs and draw their own conclusions about their meaning
- New! Bring It Home questions ask students to think critically about biological concepts


1. The Process of Science
2. Chemistry and Molecules of Life
3. Cell Function and Structure
4. Nutrition, Metabolism, Enzymes
5. Energy Flow and Photosynthesis
6. Dietary Energy and Cellular Respiration
7. DNA Structure and Replication
8. Genes to Proteins
9. Cell Division and Mitosis
10. Mutations and Cancer
11. Single-Gene Inheritance and Meiosis
12. Complex Inheritance
13. Stem Cells and Cell Differentiation
14. Natural Selection and Adaptation
15. Nonadaptive Evolution and Speciation
16. Evidence for Evolution
17. Life on Earth
18. Prokaryotic Diversity
19. Eukaryotic Diversity
20. Human Evolution
21. Population Ecology
22. Community Ecology
23. Ecosystem Ecology
24. Sustainability
25. Overview of Physiology
26. Digestive System
27. Cardiovascular System
28. Respiratory System
29. Central Nervous System
30. Reproductive System
31. Immune System
32. Plant Physiology

Customer Reviews


Michele Shuster, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the biology department at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. She focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, studying introductory biology, microbiology, and cancer biology classes at the undergraduate level, as well as working on several primary school science education programs.

Janet Vigna, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the biology department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, USA. She is a science education specialist in the Integrated Science Program, training and mentoring primary school science teachers. Her scholarly interests include biology curriculum development, the effective use of digital media in science education, and research on the effects of biological pesticides on the environment.

Matthew Tontonoz has been a development editor for textbooks in introductory biology, cell biology, biochemistry, evolution, and environmental science. He received his B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University, USA and his M.A. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His writing has appeared in Science as Culture.

Textbook Out of Print
By: Michele Shuster(Author), Janet Vigna(Author), Matthew Tontonoz(Author)
700 pages
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"The stories in the book were the main incentives for my selection of the text. I find that these narratives spark student interest and can actually generate more discussion of the basic topics."
– Leslie Winemiller of Texas A&M University

"The stories illustrate the relevance to real life and I know this is helpful for student interest and understanding."
– Brenda Bourns of Seattle University

"Extremely engaging! I was enthralled reading it. I am sure the students will be equally engaged."
– Jamie Jensen of Brigham Young University

"Students feel the writing style is similar to a magazine article, making it easier for them to understand."
– Edwin Wong of Western Connecticut State University

"Love the art. Looks much more compelling and understandable than in many other textbooks. Colors and drawings are bold and vivid. Very clear labels."
– Edwin Wong of Western Connecticut State University

"The art is exceptional! Diagrams are clear and concise and the students have no difficulty understanding what is being shown."
– Amber Qureshi of University of Wisconsin- River Falls

"The art quality is fantastic, which is one of the big reasons I chose this book. The art work is high quality, appropriately detailed, clearly labeled, and relatively easy for students to understand."
– Willy Cushwa of WSU-Vancouver

"I found the art work appropriately placed, detailed, and yet clean and meaningful when necessary."
– Don Terpening of Ulster County Community College

"The students really like the book. It excited them about the area of biology; I haven't been able to say this about any other biology book I have used in the last ten years."
– Jacqueline Jordan of Clayton State University

"Students have given rave reviews about this textbook."
– Marcia Pierce of Eastern Kentucky University

"I really like the emphasis on the process of science – excellent to finally have a book that emphasizes what is really important to the non-major: why science as a discipline has such value for teaching us about the world. Thank you for emphasizing what the non-major may have missed about the importance of science and the significance of correlative studies versus controlled experiments."
– Brenda Bourns of Seattle University

"Based on anecdotal comments from students, they do find the writing style to be much more engaging that the previous book I used. I made the decision to switch to Biology for a Changing World because I thought the writing style was more engaging, less "jargon filled", and would be beneficial to the students."
– Willy Cushwa of WSU-Vancouver

"My first thought when I first picked up the book was how shockingly, delightfully small it is. My students won't have to turn into hunchbacks carrying 40 pounds of books in their backpacks!"
– Dianne Purves of Crafton Hills College

"The reader discovers immediately that the book is manageable both in weight and appearance."
– Kathy McCormick of Western Piedmont Community College

"I liked the format used in this chapter. It increases student engagement which is key in motivating students to read the text."
– Jon Aoki of University of Houston-Downtown

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