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Essentials of The Living World
Essentials of The Living World

Essentials of The Living World

ISBN10: 1264156529 | ISBN13: 9781264156528
By George Johnson, Joel Bergh and Jonathan Losos

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Johnson’s Essentials of The Living World text is written with an emphasis on the "how” and “why” of Biology, focusing on concepts rather than terminology and technical information. Utilizing a clear, straightforward writing style, the text helps students apply scientific principles to daily life. The 7th edition includes contributions and pedagogy from new coauthor, Dr. Joel Bergh.

0 Studying Biology
Part 1 The Study of Life 
1 The Science of Biology 
Part 2 The Living Cell 
2 The Chemistry of Life 
3 Molecules of Life 
4 Cells 
5 Energy and Life 
6 Photosynthesis: Acquiring Energy from the Sun 
7 How Cells Harvest Energy from Food 
Part 3 The Continuity of Life 
8 Mitosis 
9 Meiosis 
10 Foundations of Genetics 
11 DNA: The Genetic Material 
12 How Genes Work 
13 The New Biology 
Part 4 The Evolution and Diversity of Life 
14 Evolution and Natural Selection 
15 Exploring Biological Diversity 
16 Evolution of Microbial Life 
17 Evolution of Plants 
18 Evolution of Animals 
Part 5 The Living Environment 
19 Populations and Communities 
20 Ecosystems 
21 Behavior and the Environment 
22 How Humans Influence the Living World 
Part 6 Animal Life 
23 The Animal Body and How It Moves 
24 Circulation and Respiration 
25 The Path of Food Through the Animal Body 
26 Maintaining the Internal Environment 
27 How the Animal Body Defends Itself 
28 The Nervous System 
29 Chemical Signaling Within the Animal Body 
30 Reproduction and Development 
Part 7 Plant Life 
31 Plant Form and Function 
32 Plant Reproduction and Growth

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About the Author

George Johnson

Dr. George B. Johnson is a researcher, educator, and author. Born in 1942 in Virginia, he went to college in New Hampshire (Dartmouth), attended graduate school in California (Stanford), and is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, where he has taught freshman biology and genetics to undergraduates for over 35 years. Also Professor of Genetics at Washington University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Johnson is a student of population genetics and evolution, authoring more than 50 scientific journal publications. His laboratory work is renowned for pioneering the study of previously undisclosed genetic variability. His field research has centered on alpine butterflies and flowers, much of it carried out in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming. Other ecosystems he has explored in recent years include Brazilian and Costa Rican rain forests, the Florida Everglades, the seacoast of Maine, coral reefs off Belize, the ice fields and mountains of Patagonia, and, delightfully, vineyards in Tuscany.

A prolific writer and educator, Dr. Johnson is the author of seven nationally recognized college texts for McGraw-Hill, including the hugely successful majors texts Biology (with botanist Peter Raven) and three nonmajors’ texts: Understanding Biology, Essentials of The Living World, and  The Living World. He has also authored two widely used high school biology textbooks, Holt Biology and Biology: Visualizing Life. In the 30 years he has been authoring biology texts, over 3 million students have been taught from textbooks Dr. Johnson has written

Joel Bergh

Dr. Joel Bergh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology at Texas StateUniversity in San Marcos, Texas. Dr. Bergh earned his BS in Biology from the Universityof Houston-Clear Lake. In 2003, he earned a PhD from the University of Delaware.His dissertation was focused on the role of vitamin D3 on bone formation rates. Beforecoming to Texas State University, he taught at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.Dr. Bergh’s teaching focuses on majors and nonmajors introductory biology, genetics,and cancer biology. When not in the classroom, he works on innovative new ways tomake connections between the events students have gone through in their lives andadvances in the scientific community. Dr. Bergh lives in Austin, Texas with his wifeErrin and their two children.


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