Tuesday, September 2, 2008


By Peter H Raven, George B Johnson
Size: 56 MB
ISBN 0073031208 / 9780073031200
Language English
Publisher McGraw-Hill


BIOLOGY is an authoritative majors textbook with evolution as a unifying theme. In revising the text, McGraw-Hill has consulted extensively with previous users, noted experts and professors in the field. It is distinguished from other texts by its strong emphasis on natural selection and the evolutionary process that explains biodiversity.

Not only has the book been thoroughly updated to reflect rapid advances, there is more emphasis today on the teaching of concepts and this has led to significant changes in how the material is presented. Technology also plays a greater role in teaching and the Online Learning Center found at http://www.mhhe.com/raven6 provides professors and students alike with an abundance of resources.

Five considerations influenced this revision. They are: 1) Focus on concepts; 2) Reinforcing Ideas; 3) Emphasizing relevance to students; 4) Keeping up with new developments; and 5) Careful editing.

Table of contents

Section A General Principles
Part I The Origin of Living Things
1 The Science of Biology
2 The Nature of Molecules
3 The Chemical Building Blocks of Life
4 The Origin and Early History of Life
Part II Biology of the Cell
5 Cell Structure
6 Membranes7 Cell-Cell Interactions
Part III Energetics
8 Energy and Metabolism
9 How Cells Harvest Energy
10 Photosynthesis
Part IV Reproduction and Heredity
11 How Cells Divide
12 Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis
13 Patterns of Inheritance
Part V Molecular Genetics
14 DNA: The Genetic Material
15 Genes and How They Work
16 Control of Gene Expression
17 Cellular Mechanisms of Development
18 Altering the Genetic Message
19 Gene Technology
20 Genes within Populations
Part VI Evolution
21 The Evidence for Evolution
22 The Origin of Species
23 How Humans Evolved
Part VII Ecology and Behavior
24 Population Ecology
25 Community Ecology
26 Animal Behavior
27 Behavioral Ecology
Part VIII The Global Environment
28 Dynamics of Ecosystems
29 The Biosphere
30 The Future of the Biosphere
31 Conservation Biology
Section B Organismal Biology
Part IX Viruses and Simple Organisms
32 How We Classify Organisms
33 Viruses
34 Bacteria
35 Protists
36 Fungi
Part X Plant Form and Function
37 Evolutionary History of Plants
38 The Plant Body
39 Nutrition and Transport in Plants
Part XI Plant Growth and Reproduction
40 Early Plant Development
41 How Plants Grow in Response to Their Environment
42 Plant Reproduction
43 Plant Genomics
Part XII Animal Diversity
44 The Noncoelomate Animals
45 Mollusks and Annelids
46 Arthropods
47 Echinoderms
48 Vertebrates
Part XIII Animal Form and Function
49 Organization of the Animal Body
50 Locomotion
51 Fueling Body Activities: Digestion
52 Circulation
53 Respiration
Part XIV Regulating the Animal Body
54 The Nervous System
55 Sensory Systems
56 The Endocrine System
57 The Immune System
58 Maintaining the Internal Environment
59 Sex and Reproduction
60 Vertebrate Development