Biological Science: Exploring the Science of Life

Biological Science

Exploring the Science of Life
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Publisher: OUP Oxford
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No. of pages:1416 pages
Size:273x220x47 mm
Weight:3045 g
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A fresh approach to biology centred on a clear narrative, active learning, and confidence with quantitative concepts and scientific enquiry. Spanning the breadth of biological science and designed for flexible learning, it will give you a deeper understanding of the key concepts, and an appreciation of biology as a dynamic experimental science.

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Biological Science: Exploring the Science of Life responds to the key needs of lecturers and their students by placing a clear central narrative, carefully-structured active learning, and confidence with quantitative concepts and scientific enquiry central to its approach.

Written by a team of dedicated and passionate academics, and shaped by feedback from over 55 institutions, its straightforward narrative, reinforced by key concept overview videos for every chapter, communicate key ideas clearly: the right information is provided at the right time, and at the right depth.

Its pause and think features, self-check quizzes, and graded end of chapter questions, augmented by flashcards of key terms, directly support active learning. The combination of narrative text and learning features promote a rich, active learning experience: read, watch, and do.

Its combination of Quantitative Toolkits, Scientific Process panels, and the Life and its Exploration chapters provide more insight and support than any other general biology text; they prepare students to engage with this quantitative and experimental discipline with confidence, and set them on a path for success throughout their future studies.

With coverage that spans the full scale of biological science - from molecule to ecosystem - and with an approach that fully supports flexible, self-paced learning, Biological Science: Exploring the Science of Life will set you on a path towards a deeper understanding of the key concepts in biology, and a greater appreciation of biology as a dynamic experimental science.

Digital formats and resources
Biological Science: Exploring the Science of Life is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The enhanced ebook is enriched with features that offer extra learning support:

- Key concepts videos support students from the start of every chapter and as they make their way through every Module.
- Self-check questions at the end of each chapter section give students quick and formative feedback, building their confidence and comprehension as they study and revise.
- Quantitative skills video screencasts help students to master the foundational skills required by this discipline.
- Interactive figures give students the control they need to step through, and gain mastery over, key concepts.
- Per-chapter flashcard glossaries help students to recall the key terms and concepts on which further study can be built.

This is the most exciting and effective textbook for university-level biosciences that I have seen, and its impact on our students will be exceptional.
Table of Contents:
Topic 1: Exploring the science of life
Topic 2: The emergence of life on Earth
Topic 3: Defining Life
Topic 4: Evolutionary processes
Topic 5: The diversity, organisation, and classification of life
Quantitative Toolkit 1: Understanding data
Quantitative Toolkit 2: Size and scale
Quantitative Toolkit 3: Describing data
Quantitative Toolkit 4: Ratio and proportion
Quantitative Toolkit 5: Understanding samples
Quantitative Toolkit 6: Designing experiments
Quantitative Toolkit 7: Assessing patterns
Quantitative Toolkit 8: Formulae and equations
Quantitative Toolkit 9: Rates of change
Building blocks: molecules and macromolecules
Energy: powering biochemical processes
Information: genes and genomes
Mendelian genetics
Reading the genome: gene expression and protein synthesis
Proteins and proteomes
Metabolism: energy capture and release from food
Molecular tools and techniques
Characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
Cell division in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
Microbial diversity
The growth, measurement, and visualisation of cells
Microbes in life: harnessing their power
Microbes as agents of infectious disease
Physiology overview
Communication and control 1: introducing the nervous and endocrine systems
Communication and control 2: sensory systems
Communication and control 3: controlling organ systems
Muscle and movement
Cardiovascular system
Respiratory system
Exercise physiology
Renal system
Digestive system
Reproductive system
Immune system
The structure of living organisms
Body plans
Interaction with the external environment
Movement, locomotion, and migration
Defence against predation and invasion
Reproduction and development
Fundamental concepts: ecology, evolution, species, and speciation
Genes: evolutionary change in alleles, genotypes, and phenotypes
Populations: quantifying demographics and modelling change
Communities: species interactions and biodiversity metrics
Ecosystems: abiotic interactions and environmental processes
Challenges: key threats to ecosystems
Solutions: managing, conserving, and restoring ecosystems