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Biology, 10th Edition

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Author: Sylvia Mader

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science


Publish Date: January 7, 2009

ISBN-10: 77274334

Pages: 907

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The mission of my text, Biology, has always been to give students an understanding of biological concepts and a working knowledge of the scientifi c process. If one understands the concepts of biology and the methodology of science, they can be used to understand the particulars of new ideas or a system on any scale from the cell to the biosphere. By now, we are well into the twenty-first century, and the fi eld of biology has been flooded with exciting new discoveries and insights way beyond our predictions even a few short years ago. It is our task, as instructors, to make these findings available to our students so they will have the background to keep up with the many discoveries still to come. At the same time, we must provide students with a firm foundation in those core principles on which biology is founded. This means that the tenth edition of Biology is both new and old at the same time. With this edition, instructors will be confi dent that they are “up to date,” while still teaching the fundamental concepts of biology in a way that allows students to apply them in new and different ways. In this edition you will find:

â–  Increased Evolutionary Coverage
â–  Currency of Coverage
â–  Media Integration

Birth of Biology

I am an instructor of biology as are the contributors that have lent their several talents to this edition of Biology. Collectively, we have taught students for many years from the community college to the university level. We are all dedicated to the desire that students develop a particular view of the world—a biological view. When I wrote the first edition of Biology, it seemed to me that a thorough grounding in biological principles would lead to an appreciation of the structure and function of individual organisms, how they evolved, and how they interact in the biosphere. This caused me to use the levels of biological organization as my guide—thus, this edition, like the previous editions, begins with chemistry and ends with the biosphere.

Students need to be aware that our knowledge of biology is built on theories that have survived the rigors of scientifi c testing. The fi rst chapter explains the process of science and thoroughly reviews examples of how scientists come to conclusions. Throughout the text, biologists are introduced, and their experiments are explained. An appreciation of how science progresses should lead to the perception that, without the scientifi c process, biology could not exist.

Evolution of Biology

While I have always guided the development of each new edition of Biology, many instructors have lent their talents to ensuring its increasing success. I give my utmost thanks to all the reviewers and contributors that have been so generous with their time and expertise. This edition, I want to particularly thank Andrew Baldwin, of Mesa Community College, who revised the ecology chapters; Rebecca Roush, of Sandhills Community College, for her work on Part VI; Michael Thompson, of Middle Tennessee State University, who did the first chapter and the genetics chapters; and Stephanie Songer, of North Georgia College and State University, who revised Part IV and many chapters in Part V. My involvement ensured that each of these chapters, along with the chapters I revised, are written and illustrated in the familiar Mader style.

The brilliance of the illustrations and the eye-catching paging of Biology are due to the talented staff of EPS (Electronic Publishing Services Inc.), who took my first attempts and altered them to produce the most detailed, refi ned, and pedagogically sound presentations ever developed for an introductory biology book.

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