From the emergence of life, to Leewenhoek's microscopic world, to GMO crops, The Biology Book presents 250 landmarks in the most widely studied scientific field. Brief, engaging, and colorfully illustrated synopses introduce readers to every major subdiscipline, including cell theory, genetics, evolution, physiology, thermodynamics, molecular biology, and ecology. With information on such varied topics as paleontology, pheromones, nature vs. nurture, DNA fingerprinting, bioenergetics, and so much more, this lively collection will engage everyone who studies and appreciates the life sciences.
This beautifully illustrated book covers four billion years of biology history, from the origins of life to the discovery of Denisovan DNA and is arranged chronologically in 250 chapters. For each entry, Gerald (pharmacy, Univ. of Connecticut; The Drug Book) has written several paragraphs describing the historical event, discovery, or individual, including a brief discussion of how the past relates to our current world. Topics represent the entire range of biological knowledge, from genetics to brain science to mummification. Chapters are cross-referenced to related chapters and each is accompanied by a full-page illustration. The subjects cannot be investigated in any depth in the space provided for each entry, but a further reading section at the end of the book will help in this regard. The concise summaries, written for the layperson, make this work appealing for readers with little to no background in science. VERDICT Well suited to reference collections in secondary schools; also an optimal pick for general readers with an interest in biology or the history of science.-Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.