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    1. Biology (6th Edition)
    by Neil A. Campbell, Jane B. Reece
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    Asin: 0805366245
    Catlog: Book (2001-12-11)
    Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
    Sales Rank: 2181
    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    The Sixth Edition of BIOLOGY by Neil Campbell and Jane Reece builds upon the earlier versions' dual goals to both help readers develop a conceptual appreciation of life within the context of integrating themes, and to inspire readers to develop more positive and realistic impressions of science as a human activity. <P>The authors have thoroughly updated each of the book's eight units to reflect the existing progress in our understanding of life at its many levels, from molecules to ecosystems. Examples of updated content include the Human Genome Project, the revolution in systematics, HIV as a research model in evolutionary biology, the role of cell-signaling pathways in plant responses, new frontiers in neurobiology, and experimental approaches that are advancing ecology. To assure accurate representation of each field of biology, a team of stellar specialists has worked with the authors in updating every unit. <P>An innovative design breakthrough ensures that the art is as current as the content. Guided Tour diagrams explicitly guide readers through the more challenging figures, succinctly explaining key structures, functions, and steps of processes within the figure, reducing the need to look back and forth between legend and art. It's as if an instructor were looking over the reader's shoulder and clarifying each part of a figure! Guided Tour commentary is set in blue, making it easy to differentiate these explanations from ordinary labels and keeping the figure itself clear and uncluttered. For college instructors and students. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars a well laid out, informative book
    I used this book this past summer in order to place out of College Bio I and II through a CLEP exam. Through independent study from this book and its companion CD I was able to place out in the 97th Percentile.

    There is a reason why this book is still continued to be used today in classrooms as it is on its sixth edition. The authors use of layout in the book is well thought out and organized. His vast use of pictures, graphs, and tables streamline with the text of the book. In addition, the companion CD and web site provide the reader with an even greater study guide-- using interactive flash programs and video to further explain biological processes.

    Further, in addition to the basic Biology taught in classrooms, this book goes one step further and explains some advancing fields in the Biology Profession. For example, chapter 20 covers the use of computers in analyzing biological data and gives prime examples from the current Human Genome Project. Further, every section of this book covers an interview with a specific individual in that profession. Such, if one is not aware of what exact field one wish's to pursue, interviews that cover some of the daily activities of these individuals are provided.

    I would recommend this book for anyone who is seriously interested in Biology.

    4-0 out of 5 stars If possible I'd give it a 4.5
    This is a nice book, though a bit tough for the unknowledgable person. This is supposed to be a general biology book, used by people without any prior knowledge of biology too, but I somehow don't know if they'll find it too easy. But other than that one drawback, i think that the rest of us will appreciate this book for what it's worth. It's nicely written, with a lot of illustrations and explainations. There are also many references to websites and stuff, so it's additionally useful. Depending on the book bought, there are some nice extras too. My version had a nice and very useful CD-ROM, with a lot of pictures and animations, and practice tests and etc. It also came with a free one year subsciption to an online biology website that was one of the best I've ever seen. Otherwise the subscription costs a lot. The text book by itself was good too, and I really had no need to read any outside material, I found it perfectly good. Everything considered, I really liked this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad...could be better
    Biology, by Campbell and Reece is very informative. However the book (6th Ed.) does not grab the interest of the student. As a college student, I have used Campbell's Biology publication in both Advanced Placement Biology in High School as well as Biology 1 in College. The text is very boring and does not use language which may interest the reader. Understandably, it uses strong science vocabulary, however, it tends to be a sure cure for Insomnia.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Now this, is a textbook
    I loved this textbook. Imagine that, the words "love" and "textbook" in the same sentence. This is my first college Biology text so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I feel I did very well in my class not only because I love biology, but because this textbook explained everything in such an interesting and lucid way. The pictures and diagrams are wonderful and incredibly helpful. To give a random example, the chapters on cell mitosis and meiosis. This can be a potentially difficult subject if you're expected to memorize the various stages, and what the chromosomes are doing and when, but this book gives very helpful and colorful diagrams and light micrographs of each stage. The authors really understand the importance of visual learning in conjunction with reading.

    Speaking of the authors, I was pleasantly surprised that the writing had a hint of personality, and didn't have the dreaded "textbook dry" monotone. It didn't feel as if robots wrote the book, as in some textbooks. I noticed they reinforced important core concepts throughout to drum it into the students head, like the the connection between "form and function", or how the size and shape of, for example an enzyme, is really it's most important characteristic.

    I bought this book new and it came with a cd-rom, that for me, put my grades over the top. I'm not sure I would have done as well without this cd. In it are all sorts of quizzes and tests, a complete on-line version of the book, various links to helpful internet sites, and which I used the most, animations and voice commentary of each chapter. Many people are visual learners, and sometimes they get a much deeper understand of something when they see it in action.

    I will not be selling this textbook back to the college after I'm done with it, this is a keeper. I have no complaints about it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good Bio. Book
    I am an unusually harsh critic of most textbooks. However, I must say that I am pleased to give this book 5 stars. As an introductory book, it is simply superb. It even covers some subjects far past the introductory level. Some may say that this "completeness" is something of a hindrance; however, I disagree. If the student carefully and actively reads, he should find no problem cutting the fat out, while retaining important intro material. Then, once the student has the basic information cold, the book makes a superb reference for a segway into intermediate or advanced topics. The books organization is very carefully planned and the integration of old material into new material is particularly deft for such a long text book. The section on plant physiology and form is particularly good and molecular biology is stressed throughout most chapters after an early introduction. My only complaint is that the problem sets at the end of each chapter are somewhat short, but this is not a serious problem. The binding and paper quality is pretty good as far as modern text books are concerned. All in all, a very good book. ... Read more


    2. Chemistry: The Central Science (Book with CD-ROM for Windows/MacIntosh
    by Theodore L. Brown, H. Eugene Lemay Jr., Bruce Edward Bursten, Julia R. Burdge, Theodore E. Brown
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    Asin: 0130669970
    Catlog: Book (2002-05)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 10164
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    The acknowledged leader and standard in general chemistry, this book maintains its effective and proven features—clarity of writing, scientific integrity, currency, strong exercises, visual emphasis and consistency in presentation. It offers readers an integrated educational solution to the challenges of the learning with an expanded media program that works in concert with the book, helping them to approach problem solving, visualization, and applications with greater success.Chapter topics cover: Matter and Measurement; Atoms, Molecules, and Ions; Stoichiometry: Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations; Aqueous Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry; Thermochemistry; Electronic Structure of Atoms; Periodic Properties of the Elements; Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding; Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories; Gases; Intermolecular Forces, Liquids, and Solids; Modern Materials; Properties of Solutions; Chemical Kinetics; Chemical Equilibrium; Acid-Base Equilibria; Additional Aspects of Equilibria; Chemistry of the Environment; Chemical Thermodynamics; Electrochemistry; Nuclear Chemistry; Chemistry of the Nonmetals; Metals and Metallurgy; Chemistry of Coordination Compounds; and The Chemistry of Life: Organic and Biological Chemistry.For individuals interested in the study of general chemistry. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Chemistry: The Central Science, 9th edition
    I found this book to be very easy to read and follow. There are lots of pictures, diagrams, graphs, and tables which aide in understandin the text. There are review sections and questions at the end of every chapter so it is easy to tell if you have learned the material or not, plus you get plenty of practice. It covers all the basic advanced highschool chemistry and is a great book to go through before freshmen level chemistry in college. Overall this book is an excellent learning tool weather you are using it in a class or just using it for a reference for upper level chemistry classes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars classic text
    This text is widely used and has helped many students to understand chemistry. The sequence of topics presented is traditional. It has a good chapter on modern materials. The dual-column format of examples clearly shows problem solving strategies.

    This, and all other similar textbooks, are written for studnents who have appropriate background in high school sciences and reasonable reading comprehension. It is not fair to compare this book with a teacher whom you can talk face to face. Considering the poor reading skills of today's college students, most of whom have hard time with any materals written at 8th grade readability level and do have no idea on how to read and use a textbook, it is impossible for any textbook to do the magic of enlightening them.

    The companion website of this text has thousands of problems available for practice, much more than most other similar textbook websites. Learning chemistry is like learning how to play tennis. You can't expect to learn how to play tennis by watching tennis matches on TV. Similarly, you can't expect to learn chemistry by simply reading the textbook or watching your professors solve problems in class. You have to practice. If this is the text you are using, take advantage of this good resource. Students using other texts are not as lucky as you are.

    For a slightly more engaging text, see the one by Moore, Stanitski and Jurs.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Chemistry, the Central Science.
    I am a teacher using this book for an AP Chem class. I have found the book very difficult to use. Topics are rather disconnected and most of my students had trouble following the logic of more difficult subjects. The early chapters are particularly difficult. I have also found numerous mistakes with the materials available to teachers. The number of errors on the power point presentations are ridiculous. I also questions some of the answers with regards to the use of significant fiqures.

    The Web Site is excellent even though I only use the standard version and not the electronic chapters. The solution manual is so-so. Sometimes shortcuts are used without explanation which is dangerous for AP students.

    I would not recommend this book for use in the high school classroom from the point of view of both the teacher using the books and materials and the student attempting to learn from the book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars There must be a better book out there
    The only reason I got A's in Gen. Chemistry 1& 2 is because I had a FANTASTIC teacher (thank you François). This book makes Chemistry harder to understand than it should be. I recommend this book to insomniacs who like to get headaches!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well done intro to Chemistry
    This text is a great introduction for students just beginning their study of chemistry at either the advanced highschool or college freshman level. Every chapter has a review and questions so that the reader is able to verify how much (or indeed how little) they have learned. It's easy to read and quite thorough, and for someone in a science field it's also a great reference to keep on hand for when those basic details begin to slip. I found myself consulting it frequently as I prepared for my MCAT examination, and it still has a place in my science library. As for the CD-Rom, I'm sure it's lovely, but I've never even put it in the computer. Overall a worthwhile purchase if you need a chem text. ... Read more


    3. The Road to Reality : A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
    by ROGER PENROSE
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    Asin: 0679454438
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-22)
    Publisher: Knopf
    Sales Rank: 8504
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    4. Microbiology: An Introduction, Eighth Edition
    by Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, Christine L. Case
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    Asin: 0805376143
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-09)
    Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
    Sales Rank: 6886
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    With every new edition, the No. 1 best-selling non-majors microbiology book wins over readers with its careful balance of concepts and applications, art that teaches, and its straightforward presentation of complex topics. For Microbiology: An Introduction, Eighth Edition, this successful formula has been refined with hundreds of research and disease updates, updated morbidity data, and an enhanced Mircobiology Place Website and CD-ROM.For college instructors, students, or anyone interested in microbiology. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's an excellent book for undergraduate students!!!
    It was by chance that I learned from this book. A student of mine went to California on vacation and she bought it. Later she showed it to me. I found that "MICROBIOLOGY an Introduction" is a very good text book. I use, and recommend it to the students at the Faculty of Dentistry at the Santa María University, USM.

    LUIS A. GUEVARA M.Sc., D.Sc. Chief of Department of Oral Biology - Faculty of Dentistry - USM

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BASIC MICROBIOLOGY BOOK EVER!!!!
    THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT. I originally purchased it for a course in undergraduate Microbiology. It explains concepts and ideas clearly and has many illustrations to increase understanding of structures and the details of microbial organisms, such as viral envelopes and bacterial cell walls. Now that I am in Medical school, I still refer back to it as an introduction and refresher for more advanced medical courses. The concepts are so clearly presented that it is easy to go back and read over a few chapters of this book to enhance and reinforce the understanding of particular subjects. When you are short on time, it is much better to review chapters in this book than to scan and decipher numerous pages of medical text when many of the important main points are presented clearly in this text. Although, I recommend using it as an adjunct to your class lecture notes. If you are looking for a dry, banal book that will put you to sleep, this is not it. ANYONE WHO GAVE THIS BOOK A BAD REVIEW IS WRONG!!! THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT!!! BUY IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Caution: This is not the Textbook!
    Be aware that this is NOT the textbook, it is the Study Guide! Although it may be useful for you (we decided to keep it anyway), it isn't what the title says.

    2-0 out of 5 stars NOT a keeper
    We used this book in our Microbiology class (community college-pre nursing). Everyone, including me, disliked this book. We usually keep all our books for future use, but concensus was to get rid of this one. We have found the topics to be scattered all over the book and not organized well. DNA replication information was not clearly explained...In fact I found most of the topics to be better explained in "Biology" by Cambell-Reece-Mitchell. I usually read all my books. This class, I used the web for DNA replication and bacteria caused diseases, and biology book for the rest. One good thing came out of this. It forced me to use the web, and it is a great resource for Micro.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate descriotion of paperback
    I was surprised to open my parcel to find the study guide instead of the textbook. There is NOTHING in the description that explains as so. Very dissapointed as I need the text for an exam. ... Read more


    5. Biology: Concepts and Connections (4th Edition)
    by Neil A. Campbell, Jane B. Reece, Lawrence G. Mitchell, Martha R. Taylor
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    Asin: 080536627X
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-22)
    Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
    Sales Rank: 20698
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    Created to spark readers' sense of wonder about life in its many forms, Biology: Concepts and Connections invites readers into the world of biology. While encouraging readers to explore interactive media activities, the book facilitates mastery of concepts and core biological material through unique modules that combine exceptional art, text that "walks" readers through the illustrations, and compelling real-world connections. These modules help readers break down the reading into manageable sections.Special modules cover interesting topics like health, economics, and the environment to show readers how biology is relevant to them.For anyone interested in introductory biology. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's alive!
    I love this Biology book. I first studied biology nearly twenty-five years ago with a huge and lovely biology book written by an author whose name unfortunately escapes me. I loved that book, and have always judged future biology texts against that one; this one measures up well against my memory of that text.

    The fourth edition of 'Biology: Concepts & Connections' is an excellent, thorough introduction to the science of biology. It is used at the community college where I tutor (biology and other sciences) for general education and nursing students. The book is divided into seven major sections: The Life of a Cell; Cellular Reproduction and Genetics; Concepts of Evolution; Biological Diversity; Animals; Plants; and finally, general Ecology.

    After an interesting introduction, which talks about discovery-based science in addition to theoretical/hypothesis science with interesting examples (the Australian Flying Fox, flies that mimic spiders), the first unit on the Life of the Cell looks at basic structure and chemistry of cells. Even though this text deals with chemistry, a chemistry background is not required. Care is taken from the outset to relate the biology tasks to 'everyday life', things that people know and care about - there is a look at athletic performance with slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscles, light in the lives of plants, and even look at the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

    The unit on Cellular Reproduction and Genetics introduces a hot topic in general conversation today, including discussions of medicine and law in addition to the basic theory, with some of the latest information included. The units on Concepts of Evolution and Biological Diversity include new features such as discussion on mitochondrial DNA comparison and the use of molecular clocks to date divergence in evolutionary paths. Topics such as increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics are discussed, and the interesting evolutionary situation of Australia, separated from the major landmasses of the rest of the world, shows an interesting side-show on biological diversity.

    The unit on Animals will be the most interesting for many, and the diversity here includes discussions from geckos to bears to human traits shared with and different from other animals. Particularly for our nursing students, the sections on respiration (anaerobic and aerobic), broken bones, immune systems, blood-cell diseases and the like really drive home the need for a basic understanding of biology.

    The units on Plants and Ecology draw in the larger mass of living things sharing our planet, work to show how the environment operates from the standpoint of individual plants to entire ecosystems. Interesting current topics such as organic farming, population ecology, endangered species and global warming drive home the importance of biology.

    The book is very colourful, both in text copy and in pictures. Headers reinforce the broader topics while modules give key concepts within each broad topic. Diagrams are arranged with numbered steps to help understanding, and there are frequent references to website and CD-ROM additions. Key questions are asked at each conceptual point. The 'behind the scenes' information helps reinforce the concepts both with the hot topics involved in biological issues today, as well as the personalities driving the science in key areas. Each chapter has a summary of key points, concept questions and multiple-choice questions for test preparation. There are well over 100 'Connection' Modules and 'Talking about Science' Modules. Each of the 38 chapters has an interesting, inviting essay as introduction. There are probably 200 CD-ROM and website activities to engage the students, everything from the cloning of genes in bacteria to steroid hormone action to the Honeybee waggle dance.

    This is a very good book, with lots of information - it is also a flexible book, and certain portions can be omitted in a syllabus without diminishing the overall text. I find myself constantly glancing through the chapters and reading the interesting essays and connection modules between my tutoring appointments. That's the mark of a good textbook.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just a comment about others
    I would just like to mention that none of the reviews here are talking about the 4th edition, which came out in 2002. While a new edition isn't a completely different book, according to the publisher, there are some significant changes that have been made to the book.
    I used the 2nd eidition in my Freshman year of High School and I really like how the book was made, laid out, and how the information was presented.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Comprehensive Book
    I used this book during my freshman year in college. It was an excellent book with top-notch descriptions, well-placed layouts, and easy to understand content. The topics range from biochemistry to genetics to histology and all sorts of tangents into zoology, anatomy, and pharmacology. I have kept this book for 4 years and now that I will be starting medical school, I am taking the book with me. Many others in classes ahead of me have said that this book helps to clarify some of the complex topics that are presented in 1st year medical school. I firmly believe that and recommend this book to anyone with an interested in biology, medicine, and related fields.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too much for introductory, NON-MAJOR students
    It is overall a fairly good book, but contains much to much detail for the typical non-major collegfe student. I am a teacher for the Intro Biology class ar a well known university, and I was admittedly called in at the last minute to teach this course, so I couldn't choose the text. This one I would not have chosen, as it has too much info for students who have never taken a biology class in their lives before. I find I have to "dumb down" a lot of the material, which is unfortunate, because it really is a well written and well thought out textbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Biology Textbook at the Molecular Level
    As a high school student, I used this book in my molecular biology class. Its explanations are brief and clear as well as they are comprehensive. In addition, it contains lots of pictures for its concepts and connections. It's a great book. ... Read more


    6. Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    by Malcolm Gladwell
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    Asin: 0316172324
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-11)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 1709
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    How do we make decisions--good and bad--and why are some people so much better at it than others? Thats the question Malcolm Gladwell asks and answers in the follow-up to his huge bestseller, The Tipping Point. Utilizing case studies as diverse as speed dating, pop music, and the shooting of Amadou Diallo, Gladwell reveals that what we think of as decisions made in the blink of an eye are much more complicated than assumed. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, he shows how the difference between good decision-making and bad has nothing to do with how much information we can process quickly, but on the few particular details on which we focus. Leaping boldly from example to example, displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Gladwell reveals how we can become better decision makers--in our homes, our offices, and in everyday life. The result is a book that is surprising and transforming. Never again will you think about thinking the same way. ... Read more


    7. Organic Chemistry (5th Edition)
    by Leroy G. Wade
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    Asin: 013033832X
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-26)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 22562
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    In a highly accessible fashion, this top-sellingbook bridges the gap between conceptual understanding and actual application—while strongly emphasizing the development of problem-solving skills.The book focuses on traditional organic chemistry topics and offers up-to-date aspects of spectroscopy, relevant photographs, and many applications to polymer chemistry integrated throughout the book. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for undergraduate
    Skip Wade did a very good job in explaining Organic Chemistry concepts. Glossary and problem sets put in the end of each chapters are very good .They really help you understand the concept more. I recommend you to also buy the Solution Manual.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    The author has done an excellent job presenting the material in this textbook. The use of colored text and invaluable illustrations really make the lessons clear. There is no need to highlight or make side notes (something I often do) because the text is organized so well. The problems at the end of every section make you focus on what the author is trying to convey. By doing these problems religiously organic chemistry is easier to understand and can actually be fun (well, relatively at least).

    Note: I recommend getting a really cheap used 4th edition solutions manual to go with the 5th edition book. There are very few differences and it is VERY helpful in terms of understanding where you're going astray with those end-of-section problems. This manual contains helpful explanations, not just answers to problems.

    Overall "Organic Chemistry 5th Edition" is one of the best scientific textbooks I have ever seen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand organic chemistry book?
    This textbook is excellent. It makes organic chemistry much easier. The illustrations are great. The book goes step by step, so you don't get lost.

    You should read the chapters in order. The concepts and terminology build up from previous chapters and you'll be lost without them. Unfortunately, all the teachers I've had jump around a lot. The most important chapter in this regard is chapter 6. You won't know what the book is talking about in later chapters without reading this one. The earlier chapters are just as important to read, but instructors tend to not skip them as often.

    Also, the solutions manual could be better. It sometimes gives no information about how the answer was solved.

    Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It is much better than any other organic chemistry book I've ever read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Organic Chemistry Solutions Manual by Jan Simek
    I began self-studying organic chemistry several months ago using two textbooks along with the accompanying solutions manuals which I had selected because they were being used by two local colleges.
    A couple of months ago I read the reveiws about Wade's textbook and Simek's accompanying solutions manual in this space and decided to give them a try. In my opinion, both books are far superior to the books I started with.
    I strongly disagree with the reviewer who wrote that the line drawings make the solutions manual hard to follow.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Organic Certified!
    L.G. "Skip" Wade has done an exceptional job at writing a textbook in probably the most merciless field of human endeavor. First, the physical aspect of the book is worth noting; the illustration is pleasant yet remain faithful to the scientific accuracy it wishes to convey. The glossy paper is sturdy, preventing the frequent mishaps of tear and wear so common to the undergraduate life.

    Wade does not condescend as an author (a particular attribute that probably increases the likeability of an author/professor) ; he matter-of-factly admits to having made a "C" on his second organic test, a testament to the difficulty of the subject. He acknowledges the difficulty of organic chemistry, he concurs to the fact that memorization is indeed required, yet he offers the comforting assurance that organic chemistry is indeed the logical subject it has always been touted to be, as evidenced by the structured organization of the book.

    The book begins with a review of general chemistry (Lewis structure, acids and bases, molecular orbitals, and the like) and sets to introduce briefly the electron-pushing principle so fundamental to organic chemistry. Alkane is covered next, introducing the concept of conformational analysis, polarity, intermolecular forces, and general introduction the other functional groups. The next chapter is on the study of chemical reactions, followed by stereochemistry (perhaps the hardest chapter). Maybe it is safe to suggest that the most logical part (fundamental principles) of organic chemistry resides in these first five chapters, while the dreadful memorization will soon ensue.

    Chapter 6 onwards introduces the major functional groups (alkyl halides, alkene, alcohols, alkynes), where the general trend is to present the nomenclature, the uses, the synthesis, and the mechanism; in that order. Accompanying summary of informations so essential to the "memorization" is found at the end of every chapter.The underlying principles common to all field of organic chemistry are exemplified in the illustrative reactions of the functional groups.

    Spectroscopy are introduced in Chapters 12 and 13, and the chapters following them are devoted to introduce the remaining major functional groups with knowledge of spectroscopy already presented. Chapters 23, 24, and 25 discuss the organic compounds of particular interest to the biologically-orientated, while Chapter 26 concludes the book with a survey of synthetic polymer.

    The most striking characterictics of the book are probably its problem solving hints, problem-solving strategies and essential problem-solving skills boxes. It almost seemed as though Wade was right in front of you showing you where to push that lazy electrons; patient and reminding. The solved problems are also very illustrative. An accompanying solution manual should perfectly complement your journey into the wonderful world of organic chemistry! ... Read more


    8. Biology : The Unity and Diversity of Life (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
    by Cecie Starr, Ralph Taggart
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    Asin: 0534388000
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-06)
    Publisher: Brooks Cole
    Sales Rank: 35221
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Cecie Starr and Ralph Taggart are among the most successful authors in introductory, biological science instruction because of their lively approach, engaging writing style, current coverage of the breadth of biology's topics, and their unique illustrations. In this Tenth Edition of Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, the authors use the important connections among molecular structure, biological function, and evolution to encourage student understanding instead of memorization. For example, Chapter 1 includes a preview of life's unity and diversity with an evolutionary perspective. Similar sections in Chapters 3, 5,and6, on the structure and function of enzymes and other molecules, prepare students for chapters on cell structure and metabolism, genetics, evolution, anatomy, and physiology. This background prepares students to understand the power of comparative molecular studies in clarifying evolutionary relationships.Connections essays (28 in all) focus on this new integration of molecular structure, function, and evolution. The first essay (1.4) answers an important question: How can life display both unity and diversity? It shows how the theory of evolution by natural selection connects the two. Other essays consider evolutionary interplays between infectious agents and their hosts; cloning and genetically engineered mammals, the evolution of life over the past 3.8 billion years, and archaeopteryx and the ancestry of whales (to show that interpreting the past scientifically requires an intellectual shift). Improvements in the media package meet the high standards instructors have come to expect. There is a new version of the complimentary Interactive Concepts in Biology Student CD-ROM with nearly 800 interactions to clarify and reinforce key concepts. For instructors, there is a Multimedia Manager with art and graphics from the text already in PowerPoint format, as well as CNN Today video clips (294 in all), now available digitally. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life
    This book is far too wordy and repetitive and could have been half as thick. It weights over 4 pounds and is very heavy to carry around.

    Very often the point of a sentence is lost in the verbiage. Some basic explanations are repeated several times, whilst many more important things are left unexplained.

    Many of the pictures appear to have been chosen because they are 'cool' rather than relevant to the text and just sidetrack the reader.

    Some of the examples are incredibly stupid. One, at p. 18, under the heading, "Critical Thinking", 2., gives the story of a turkey that learned to equate footsteps with the provision of food. One one day the footsteps led to the turkey having its head chopped off. The text explains that the turkey learned the hard way. In fact the turkey learned nothing, as by then it was dead.

    The glossary is inadequate and misses out too many new and important terms.

    The answers given to the quizzes do not always agree with the text, for example, Chapter 2 Self Quiz Question 1 asks what charge is carried by an electron. The correct answer, as given at page 24, is "Negative," but the answer list in Appendix III gives it incorrectly as "Positive." Many instructors lift questions and answers from the book for on-line exams. Does the student then give the incorrect answer as per Appendix III to get the point or the correct answer, knowing that it will very likely be graded as "wrong"? Another example is in the quiz to Chapter 5, question 2.

    Looking at the list of credits, it lookas if too many people have had a hand in the book and as a result it has been spoilt.

    I would not recommend this book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Basic
    Extremely basic with inconsistant layout. Entire sections will be printed with a blue background, for example, that look more like a special topics box then text. In several cases the text reuses its stock photos in several unrelated sections. The text illustrates points that clearly do not need illustration (Do you know what water looks like? There is a photo of it if you need it. ) and ignores others (the beta and alpha linkages of glucose) after dicussing them. Good for high school student concepts but unacceptably uncomprehensive for college.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Homeschoolers Take Note!
    This is a fantastic text for homeschooling. Each concept is introduced, discussed, and wrapped up in a 2-page spread. This is *not* the dry bio text you remember from high school. It is fascinating enough that I find myself stealing it from my daughter's room. Perfect for a science-loving homeschooler who is hungry for advanced texts at an earlier age because the setup is conducive to parental participation and discussion. However, be advised it is written from an evolutionary point of view if you are inclined to avoid this emphais. And of course there's that really cool picture of the monkey fighting the cheetah ;)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great introductory biology textbook
    This is a really wonderful textbook to have read before coming to university. The background I gained was of great help during my first year of college bio where we use the textbook LIFE. I would suggest getting the study guide, as it is a great complement to the text. The intros to the chapters were a little overly dramatic, but everything else was fantastic

    5-0 out of 5 stars I hate biology class....but this book is cool!!!
    Evertime i go to class the teacher asks me questions i don't know and makes look stupid..we are using this book but his questions seem not to come from here!!!!I agree with the other dude though that the pictures are cool though...this one shows a bobcat eating a rabbit its cool..also shows pictures of deformities like some kid with rotten tooth disease..sometimes when i am really bored in class and lost i just look at all the gross pictures ... Read more


    9. Calculus: Early Transcendentals (with CD-ROM)
    by James Stewart
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    Asin: 0534393217
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-20)
    Publisher: Brooks Cole
    Sales Rank: 18863
    Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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    Stewart's CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, Fifth Edition has the mathematical precision, accuracy, clarity of exposition and outstanding examples and problem sets that have characterized the first four editions. Stewart retains the focus on problem solving and the pedagogical system that has made the book a favorite of students and instructors in a wide variety of colleges and universities throughout the world. The structure of CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, Fifth Edition, remains largely unchanged, the sole exception being that the review of inverse trigonometric functions has been moved from an appendix to Section 1.6. Stewart has made hundreds of small improvements: new examples, additional steps in existing examples, updating of data in existing examples and exercises, new phrases and margin notes to clarify the exposition, references to other sources and web sites, redrawn art, and references to the TEC CD (Tools for Enriching Calculus). These refinements ensure that students and instructors using this text are using the best resource available. The number of pages in the book, however, remains unchanged from the 4th edition. This edition is complemented with and expanded array of supplementary material for both students and instructors.These best-selling texts differ from CALCULUS, Fifth Edition in that the exponential and logarithmic functions are covered earlier. In the Fifth Edition of CALCULUS, EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS these functions are introduced in the first chapter and their limits and derivatives are found in Chapters 2 and 3 at the same time as polynomials and other elementary functions. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent college calculus text
    Contrary to what some reviewers have written, I feel that Stewart's Calculus book is easily the best textbook I have encountered so far in college. In my opinion, the best indication of a textbook's worth is having to learn the material solely through the text, instead in addition to a lecturer; this book passed that test with flying colors.

    Of course I had calculus lecturers, but every one of them was horrible. For Calc I (single variable), the professor spoke in a thick Russian accent; in Calc II (advanced integration/series, sequences), the professor was simply inadequate and didn't know how to explain anything; in Calc III (multivariable), the professor was a crazy Polish guy bent on teaching us calculus using his own weird linear algebra/advanced math methods (you'd think Berkeley might assign some better math professors...). In every case, I ended up shunning the lectures and learning everything straight from Stewart. Every chapter was teeming with great example problems, and wasn't saturated with unnecessary proofs (read the Principia or other advanced books if you're interested in that sort of thing). Perhaps the homework problems weren't always as challenging as other books, but I'd rather understand the problems than sit around staring an unsolvable puzzle for 3 hours.

    Again I say, best college text I've had so far. I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Much better than worse, but you need additional materials...
    Reader reviews on the 4th edition are split (see below), but I liked this book in the calculus class I was taking at University of Massachusetts. The breadth is good (almost too much for a two-semester class), the content well presented, and, yes, many problem sets are well done (although I learned to hate related rates problems in the first semester). Students will need some additional materials, however: (1) the Student Solutions Manual (James Stewart, 4th ed.) which gives the answers to all odd-numbered problems (Brooks/Cole guards its teachers' answers and reserves the even-numbered ones for the teachers' edition). (2) The CD/ROM Journey Through Calculus (Win 98/2, Pentium II or >) was helpful in the first semester, but less so in the second. Most teachers require use of a TI-86 calculator, so you will need not only the TI manual sold with the calculator, but also (3) Single Variable Calculus 4th ed., James Stewart ("Calclabs with the TI85/86"), which was annoying because the sequence of button-pushing was not all that clear, and the correct answers to problems are not given (so you have no way to check)--but you need the book to figure out the TI-86, which is not intuitively obvious.

    I sometimes wonder: what other calculus books are out there? And how much of a market share does Brooks/Cole have, with this integrated set of materials?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    The book was exactly as described and arrived promptly. I would use A1 Books again.

    1-0 out of 5 stars If only I can rate it lower than 1 star!
    I had taught this book several times and I only get more and more frustrated with it.

    This is a text book full of mistakes. I began to wonder if the author was indeed a mathematician. Some complained that this book was proof-oriented but I don't feel this way. The proofs presented are either too shallow or wrong. If I were a good student trying to figure out why a theorem might work, its explanation would only raise more questions for me. And I had yet to find another textbook which gives a wrong proof to a simple result such as lim_{x->0} sin x / x =1.

    Some praised the problem sets given. I feel the opposite. The problems sets are shallow and present no challenge at all to the more advanced students. Some of them even appeared before the material was covered. The examples are either trivial or wrong. I was startled to see the author gave the wrong solution to some of the most classical problems in calculus. For example, the author could use implicit differentiation to find tangents at a self intersection!! Wow, I am lost for words. More better examples than those given are needed to help students avoid some of the common pitfalls that they often encounter.

    The inverse trig functions were also defined most scandulously. Although I can guess the reason behind it, but I think the definition could present a false security to students who are not careful with composites of trig and inverse trig functions.

    The materials are scattered around with no rythem at all. I often found myself working into a concept and before the climax the book suddenly digressd to something else. The most obvious example is parametrization. This was separated into several parts and could have been easily treated as a coutinuos flow.

    The treatment of vector calculus part is substandtard, but I assume this is probably hard for many authors. Vectored-valued functions of several variables are hard for most students to visualize in their minds. So the 3D graphics in the textbooks come to play a very important role helping students understand this part of material. But the graphics in this book lack the clarity as those in some other books I had used before. Somehow they look less 3D to me.

    I had found more than a dozen of mistakes (I am not talking about typos) during the course of my teaching and I had not read the book cover to cover. Since this is a very popular book I regret to see that no effort had been made to correct the mistakes after so many editions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Very good book and it will make calculs really interesting for you. ... Read more


    10. Molecular Biology of the Cell, Fourth Edition
    by Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter
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    Asin: 0815332181
    Catlog: Book (2002-03)
    Publisher: Garland Science
    Sales Rank: 5725
    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    Molecular Biology of the Cell is the classic in-depth text reference in cell biology. By extracting the fundamental concepts from this enormous and ever-growing field, the authors tell the story of cell biology, and create a coherent framework through which non-expert readers may approach the subject. Written in clear and concise language, and beautifully illustrated, the book is enjoyable to read, and it provides a clear sense of the excitement of modern biology. Molecular Biology of the Cell sets forth the current understanding of cell biology (completely updated as of Autumn 2001), and it explores the intriguing implications and possibilities of the great deal that remains unknown.
    The hallmark features of previous editions continue in the Fourth Edition. The book is designed with a clean and open, single-column layout. The art program maintains a completely consistent format and style, and includes over 1,600 photographs, electron micrographs, and original drawings by the authors. Clear and concise concept headings introduce each section. Every chapter contains extensive references. Most important, every chapter has been subjected to a rigorous, collaborative revision process where, in addition to incorporating comments from expert reviewers, each co-author reads and reviews the other authors' prose. The result is a truly integrated work with a single authorial voice.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars The best Cell Biology text, but...
    This book is the main undergraduate cell biology text required, and rightly so. However, although it browses all of the sub-fields within the gigantic field of cell biology, it overemphasizes some fields and neglects others. The shortcomings of this text are a classic example of how experts in one field assume that related material will be covered in a related text, and when that invariably doesn't happen, everyone points fingers at each other and nothing changes.

    The main shortcoming I am talking about is the field of Signal Transduction. This text very briefly gives a few pathways, and assumes that other texts dealing with Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Physiology/Pharmacology will take up the slack. Nothing could be further from the truth! Most undergraduate Biochemistry texts do give several dozen pathways, but these almost never continue on to gene transcription, a critical part of signal transduction. Molecular Biology texts like Genes VI only give examples of a membrane-to-DNA pathway, and the Immunology texts only give immune-related pathways. Signal transduction is by far the most important aspect of modern cell biology, and yet it is the most neglected sub-field in the texts! This needs to be corrected.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Molecular Biology of the Cell
    Molecular Biology of the Cell is one of the best surveys available on the status of current information about cellular biology. The authors skillfully accomplish the difficult task of combining detail with readability while conveying the excitement of this dynamic field. Clear, concise, and colorful illustrations assist in this task and the book is a fine collection of splendidly dramatic photos of "molecular biology of the cell" in action. They covered an enormous amount of material with a style that is simple enough for a college-level biology student to follow with enough detail and references to be of use to an experienced research scientist. Bravo for a job well-done!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
    Taking an online course in Molecular Cell Biology. This is the text.

    This is an incredible book. Well organized, very up to date. It is not a trivial book by any means. I recomend that during the first pass on reading an assignment - that you do NOT have a pen at your side, just read it. It is an incredible read. The hard part is the shear amount of information in 1300 pages.

    It will take me a while to plow through this text and the course, but I think it will be worth it in the end. The book is full of surprizes, at appropriate times information on evolution or medicines are thrown in. This is not a book for the timid.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
    A very good textbook for learning the basics of mol bio. Most of the explantions are well written and easy to understand. From here you can jump into review articles if you want to go into greater detail.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Fat Albert" still tops
    "Fat Albert," as we used to affectionately call this book in undergrad, was yet another of those books teachers told us would be "a good shelf reference book." It was the main textbook for three of my classes so I reluctantly bought it. Now, five years later, and in my second year of dental school I still find myself relying on this book to clarify topics covered in classes ranging from Pharmacology to Physiology, and from Biochemistry to Immunology. In addition, Fat Albert is my go-to book for my research in a microbiology lab.
    It was, and still is the most engaging and useful of any textbook I have ever bought. ... Read more


    11. Calculus (with CD-ROM)
    by James Stewart
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    Asin: 053439339X
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-20)
    Publisher: Brooks Cole
    Sales Rank: 10819
    Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars
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    Stewart's CALCULUS, Fifth Edition has the mathematical precision, accuracy, clarity of exposition and outstanding examples and problem sets that have characterized the first four editions. Stewart retains the focus on problem solving and the pedagogical system that has made the book a favorite of students and instructors in a wide variety of colleges and universities throughout the world. In this Fifth Edition, he has made hundreds of small improvements: new examples, additional steps in existing examples, updating of data in existing examples and exercises, new phrases and margin notes to clarify the exposition, references to other sources and web sites, redrawn art, and references to the TEC CD (Tools for Enriching Calculus). These refinements ensure that students and instructors have the best materials available. The number of pages in the book, however, remains unchanged from the 4th edition. Further support for students and instructors is now available through a vast array of supplementary material. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart!
    I have heard talk that this is the best calculus text out there. If so, mathematics professors really need to get their publishing act together. This may be a tour-de-force of math knowledge, in which author James Stewart expounds just how much of an expert he is on the subject, but it is NOT a good book to LEARN from. I took calculus about a year ago and used this text to refresh my knowledge for an upcoming class. It took me multiple passes through the Chain Rule section (actually, quite easy stuff!) to jog my memory. The way Stewart explains things makes a prerequisite in astrophysics required for learning from the book. I will grant that it's colorful and well illustrated, which is the reason for the second star, but that probably only serves to double the price of the textbook. You'll probably have to get the solutions guide to learn from this at all- and boy do they make a killing off you in the process! There is a lot of non-essential extra information that really should be in different sections, but is instead the first thing you'll read about a fundamental concept. I was particularly irked by how Stewart demonstrates how different differential notation can be used to show formulae. This is ridiculous. He should stick with one all the way through, and put the rest in footnotes. If you instructor uses this text, you had better hope he's better at explaining things, or you'll be up the creek.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for the slack student
    This text book was extremely difficult to understand when I first bought it. Even after spending a significant amount of time on that book alone, calculus to me was still confusing. This is the text book I used for my computer science course. Had to drop the calculus units since I found it hard. But when I decided to jump right into Discrete Mathematics for computer science, I was forced to review through my college algebra notes. It was after I finished discrete mathematics did I finally understand the formality of Stewarts text book which made it so difficult to understand. In high school calculus text books, the language used arent so formal. In fact, reading a high school calculus text book is like reading a text book on college algebra and trigonometry. Stewarts text book require that you understand the language of proving theorems and thats what Discrete Mathematics in computer science taught me. But let me warn you that you should also thoroughly read through a text book on college algebra and trigonometry plus geometry. Combine that with Discrete Mathematics and you will see the beauty of stewarts text book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A highly frustrating journey through calculus
    The author of the book obviously has a great degree of mastery of calculus and the systematic structure of the book is well arranged and everything is thoroughly defined in mathematical terms. That's about the only thing positive however I can say about this book. I don't care how well Stewart knows Calculus and how well he shows it off, that does not equal students comprehending this subject. The biggest drawback of this book is that the author makes frequent conceptual leaps and constantly skips steps in problem solving which often make it extremely hard to figure out how the author arrived at a particular conclusion or solution. Not only that, the book is stuffed with unnecessary filler in order to increase it's size and hence make more money of it. Application to economics and natural sciences, linear approximation, graphing calculator section and etc. are of course interesting, but they are absolutely non essential to the 1st two semesters of Calculus. There is quite a bit of material to master in the subject as it is and an average class absolutely has no time to go in anything but the essential material. I'd say half of the book can be thrown away. The extra stuff might be helpful as reference but unnecessary for an average Calc class. Morever, what angered me was the clear marketing scheme for the book: this new fith addition is virtually the same as half thinner 4th addition, and features lots of non essential material...obviously to make more money without actually writing another book...by canceling the print of 4th edition and making colleges and highschool buy the new, more expensive, more useless 5th edition. This book can be very frustrating for students when the try to master calculus and will give you lots of hedache before you actually throughly understand something and without the guidance of a good professor the 5th addition is not the most helpful material. This book might stimulate your intellect if you are a math whiz, but for most, average joe people just trying to master calculus this book will cause much unpleasantness.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Negatives outweigh possitives
    Negatives:

    Let's face it, the book is dry. It breaks down concepts into steps and recalls the number of the particular step, rather than the concept of the step (hope I didn't confuse anybody). Expanded explanations of algebraic manipulation/tricks would have been helpful. Because of the previous statement, I have gone through the whole book and still sometimes wonder how he got from point A to point B.

    Positives:

    Forces ones mind to expand beyond the terrible habit of memorization (in most chapters). If one knows all the algebra that the book composes of, then that one is an algebraic god (not kidding). Don't excpect to get much out of this book without alot of time.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Why Such Varied Reviews?
    There is a reason why the reviews of Stewart's Calculus textbook vary so widely. It's because Stewart is challenging. Some instructors favor Stewart because they are steeped enough in the Math to appreciate Stewart's applications and explanations of Calculus's uses in so many fields of study. But students who struggle with Math may have a difficult time with Stewart's rigor, and his algebraic/conceptual jumps. Let's review some specific qualities of this book:

    o Text: The text is pretty clearly written, with no errors I know of, but makes some conceptual leaps periodically.

    o Layout: The layout is excellent. It makes great use of consistent color coding and typographical conventions to identify classes of concepts. (I.e., It's always easy to spot and distinguish Examples, Proofs, Rules, and New Sections.)

    However, there are some algebraic manipulations that are sometimes combined into one line that should probably be expanded out and explained better. Even though students are expected to understand the algebra at this point, it's often crucial to explain _why_ certain algebraic manipulations are being done. Usually there is a certain form of an expression or equation that is useful or desirable for a specific reason. Such reasons need to be explicated side-by-side with the steps to reach the desired form, instead of just skipping to the desired form (as sometimes is done).

    o Terminology: In some places Stewart talks about "constants" when what he really means are "scalars." There is a distinction between these two concepts that is important in other fields of math that could be confused. He also uses different letters to identify "any real number" or "a particular real number" than is standard in many other texts. This also could lead to confusion.

    o Graphics: The integration (pun intended :) of graphs and diagrams to supplement functions, step-by-step processes, and proof descriptions in this text is frequent, helpful, and very well done.

    o Exercises: The exercises for each section start off easy and in close step with the concepts and example problems that have been demonstrated in the preceding section. However, Stewart's problems ramp up in difficulty quickly. Exercises in the the middle or near the end of a set often have no direct prototypes in the preceding text for students to lean on. Some instructors might consider this an asset, but when assigned carelessly can be a frustration to students. One improvement from Fourth Edition to Fifth Edition was the "red flagging" of many exercises of especial difficulty.

    o Proofs: Simple theorems and rules are proved in the text as they are introduced. More complicated proofs are provided in appendices in the back. The text is pretty thorough about proofs.

    o Worst section: I think the hardest section for students to understand (and unfortunately one of the most important in Calculus) is the section titled "The Precise Definition of a Limit". Stewart has a habit in this section, when manipulating an absolute value of epsilon expression, to abbreviate it all on one line without explaining _why_ he is performing the operations that he is. He should expand these out to multiple algrebraic lines, possibly with some text explaining that he is trying to get the epsilon expression to match the delta expression. It is impossible to be too verbose, explicit, and careful with this section. And certainly more of each of these could be used in Stewart's rendition.

    Other reviewers mentioned the sections on the Chain Rule, Integration by Substitution, and Integration by Parts -- all of which could be improved. Substitution and Parts could be improved by drawing the little grids of what u and du represent (that many instructors write underneath these kind of exercises before substituting).

    To summarize, if you're good at math this is probably a good text for you. If you (or your students) have weaknesses, stick with something simpler -- Larson's Calculus text is excellent and good to compare against this one. ... Read more


    12. Brock Biology of Microorganisms (10th Edition)
    by Michael T. Madigan, John Martinko, Jack Parker
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    Asin: 0130662712
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-09)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 63520
    Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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    The book for introductory microbiology, Brock's Biology of Microorganisms continues its long tradition of impeccable scholarship, outstanding art, and accuracy. It balances the most current coverage with the major classical concepts essential for understanding the science.A six-part presentation covers principles of microbiology; evolutionary microbiology and microbial diversity; metabolic diversity and microbial ecology; immunology, pathogenicity, and host responses; microbial diseases; and microorganisms as tools for industry and research.For researchers, group leaders, senior scientists in pharmaceuticals, chemicals and biochemical biotechnology companies, and public health laboratories. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Uh, oh, colourflash!
    D....! I bought this book, lost money. A lot of errors covered under lots of colour, e.g. one page for one graphic about Agrobacterium-infection, guess what's missing. Another one: look at the F0/F1-ATPases, there is no proton-flow through the head, this is known for years, an essential fact, even for an under- graduate course! Also the chapters about genetics and signal transduction: incomplete, poor graphics, but a lot of nice colours again. These "small" errors sum up. In my opinion it's impossible today to write a comprehensive text book which covers all topics about microbiology, an undergraduate should first learn how a prokaryotic cell works, it is impossible to learn it with this book. Then I stopped reading, for the good section about systematics it receives at last three stars, otherwise it would have been two.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A window to the real diversity of life
    Since the solving of the genetic code, the priesthood of molecular biology has stressed animal biology, usually the complexities of development or neurobiology or immunology, as where the important science is going on. But microbiology has continued to find out amazing things, from the diversity of metabolisms that microbes use to live, to the molecular mechanisms of how microbes infect other organisms. I am a research scientist, working in molecular genetics, with shelves full of books. The Biology of Microorganisms is my very favorite textbook. I read it from cover to cover and was very impressed with its exposition of what I know, but even more with what I learned from reading it. I continue to reread chapters as my journal reading triggers questions about microbes. The chapters on microbial diversity, on what has been learned about how microbes live on iron oxidation reduction gradients, on the probable metabolisms 3.5 billion years ago, on the antiquity of photosynthesis, etc. There has been a renaissance in the study of diverse microbes. It is a huge field now and very difficult to understand its many strands. This book does an outstanding job of making it understandable. Anyone who thinks about the origin of life must read this book, for the diversity of microbial metabolism speaks volumes about early life. In addition, though the book does not stress it, anyone interested in life on other planets should read this book carefully, because of the diverse microbial ecosystems it describes.

    The book is written for an advanced undergraduate, but I found that after the introductory chapters, it had just the right mix of explanation and detail to keep me engaged. A must buy.

    1-0 out of 5 stars ?!
    too expansice, no answers for the stupid practice problems. They provide instructor free Study guide and CD, and the student has to buy the boring book. If they treat their readers equally, I would gave them 2 stars.

    3-0 out of 5 stars not a lot of pictures
    The pictorial elements in this book does not demonstrate the concepts really well. reading the book is ok, but having descriptive graphics will be easier to understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BioChemistry
    I fear I confused this book with the lab manual ordered from another company and gave it a poor rating. If so, I apologize. This book was ordered on Aug. 16 and arrived by Aug. 23. Thank you for you prompt delivery. ... Read more


    13. Calculus With Analytic Geometry, Seventh Edition
    by Ron Larson
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    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    Designed for the three-semester course for math and science majors, the Larson/Hostetler/Edwards series continues its tradition of success by being the first to offer both an Early Transcendental version as well as a new Calculus with Precalculus text. This was also the first calculus text to use computer-generated graphics (Third Edition), to include exercises involving the use of computers and graphing calculators (Fourth Edition), to be available in an interactive CD-ROM format (Fifth Edition), and to be offered as a complete, online calculus course (Sixth Edition). Every edition of the book has made the mastery of traditional calculus skills a priority, while embracing the best features of new technology and, when appropriate, calculus reform ideas. The Seventh Edition also expands its support package with an all-new set of text-specific videos.

    • P.S. Problem-Solving Sections, an additional set of thought-provoking exercises added to the end of each chapter, require students to use a variety of problem-solving skills and provide a challenging arena for students to work with calculus concepts.
    • Getting at the Concept Exercises added to each section exercise set check students' understanding of the basic concepts. Located midway through the exercise set, they are both boxed and titled for easy reference.
    • Review Exercises at the end of each chapter have been reorganized to provide students with a more effective study tool. The exercises are now grouped and correlated by text section, enabling students to target concepts requiring review.
    • The icon "IC" in the text identifies examples that appear in the Interactive Calculus 3.0 CD-ROM and Internet Calculus 2.0 web site with enhanced opportunities for exploration and visualization using the program itself and/or a Computer Algebra System.
    • Think About It conceptual exercises require students to use their critical-thinking skills and help them develop an intuitive understanding of the underlying theory of the calculus.
    • Modeling Data multi-part questions ask students to find and interpret mathematical models to fit real-life data, often through the use of a graphing utility.
    • Section Projects, extended applications that appear at the end of selected exercise sets. may be used for individual, collaborative, or peer-assisted assignments.
    • True or False? Exercises, included toward the end of many exercises sets, help students understand the logical structure of calculus and highlight concepts, common errors, and the correct statements of definitions and theorems.
    • Motivating the Chapter sections opening each chapter present data-driven applications that explore the concepts to be covered in the context of a real-world setting.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus With Analytic Geometry
    This is an excellent book with lots of examples. First a concept is introduced, then an example given, and then the student can work problems relating to the section to reinforce the concepts presented.

    Easy to read, and nice progression of topics.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book but NOT for a math major
    I have to agree that larson's calculus is a very comprehensive calculus text. It includes a lot of material and applications.

    If you are going to selfstudy calculus, i have some advices:
    1 Not every section is necessary. Some sections are mainly about applications in mechanical engineerings(actually, most applications). If you are not interested in ME, just skip them.

    2 Don't go too fast. If you don't have time, just skip some sections of the end of each chapters. Especially at the end of the book. Chapter 14 is quite confusing. Read them slowly, understand piece by piece.

    If you are a math major, particularly pure math, this is not a book for you. You need a book that talks more about theory.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Refer to other editions 0618141804
    Checkout the 7th edition without a CD. Slightly different listing. Copied below....
    * Hardcover: 182 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 11.25 x 1.75 x 9.00
    * Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 7th edition (July 1, 2001)
    * ASIN: 0618141804
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good but problems were too easy
    Not bad at all! I found the book's explanations pretty easy to understand.

    The CD I really did not use. Some of you probably got more use out of it. But the text and diagrams are well enough done that I found the CD unnecessary.

    The only criticism is that perhaps some of the problems could have been harder/more challenging.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Calculus
    I've worked with several calculus books over many years and this is the CLEAREST and most staightforward of all. It makes the concepts seem so obvious and simple, where many other books make them appear arcane and mysterious (even to me, and I love this stuff.) It's a joy to read and work with. ... Read more


    14. Organic Chemistry (with InfoTrac)
    by John E. McMurry
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    Asin: 0534389996
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-21)
    Publisher: Brooks Cole
    Sales Rank: 24699
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    John McMurry's international best-seller is widely and consistently praised as the most clearly written book on the market. Why? In John McMurry's words: "I have been asked hundreds of times over the past ten years why I wrote this book. I wrote this book because I love writing. I get great pleasure and satisfaction from taking a complicated subject, turning it around until I see it clearly from a new angle, and then explaining it in simple words. I write to explain chemistry to students the way I wish it had been explained to me years ago." Through his lucid writing and ability to show the beauty and logic of organic chemistry, McMurry makes learning enjoyable for students. The highest compliment that can be given to a chemistry book applies to McMurry: It works! Mainstream in level, McMurry's coverage is concise yet doesn't omit any key topics. McMurry blends the traditional functional-group approach with a mechanistic approach. The primary approach, by functional group, begins with the simple and progresses to the more complex so that readers who are not yet versed in the subtleties of mechanisms are first exposed to the "what" of chemistry before beginning to grapple with the "why." Within this primary organization, the author places a heavy emphasis on explaining the fundamental mechanistic similarities.In this edition, McMurry retains his standard-setting features (including his innovative vertical format for explaining reaction mechanisms) while revising his text line-by-line to include hundreds of small but important improvements. For example, the Sixth Edition includes new examples, additional steps in existing examples, new problems, new phrases to clarify the exposition, and a vibrant new art program. In addition, new icons in the text lead students to a variety of new online resources. McMurry's text is in use at hundreds of colleges and universities around the world, from North America, to the United Kingdom and the Pacific Rim. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Clear, thorough text
    McMurry's Organic Chemistry is a great textbook. The text is clear and uncluttered, especially compared to others. The graphics organize the information well. Also, the back of the solutions manual has an organized summary of the reactions.

    If you are using it as a supplement to your assigned book, I find that the previous (5th?) is just fine, and is probably much cheaper than the new edition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Organic Text
    I used this text for 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry. I thought it was fantastic, with very colorful, helpful electrostatic potential maps. It showed clear reaction mechanisms and gave a summary of all learned reactions at the end of the chapter.

    If you need to learn Organic chem, McMurry is the way to go.

    2-0 out of 5 stars why the new edition???
    This is an excellent text! I have one criticism though. Why must a new edition come out every year/every other year? Its rediculous! The books are practically the same but the bookstore will never buy the old version back. The 5th edition cost me 120$. Thats pretty darn expensive!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars A Beginner's Guide to Organic
    McMurry's text is a very friendly, gentle intro to organic. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read, but it doesn't teach you what you need to know. Explanations for important mechanisms are usually very brief, and the problems included are usually very basic and general (the spectroscopy and synthesis problems, in particular). If you're looking to become a chemist, this is not the book to learn from. I'd recommend Vollhardt and Schore's textbook, or any number of sophomore-level texts that will give you the skills you need to approach complicated problems more successfully (i.e., on exams or out in the industry).

    3-0 out of 5 stars Organic Chemistry
    I found this book to be helpful in my organic chemistry class. It has great diagrams and explains the concepts fairly well so one can understand what is being said. The book does come with a CD, which I did not use for the class. The book also has many examples, practice problems with solutions in the back, and chapter summaries. I recommend this book for anyone who is serious about organic chemistry. ... Read more


    15. Biology (7th Edition)
    by Neil A. Campbell, Jane B. Reece
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    Asin: 080537146X
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-10)
    Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
    Sales Rank: 296873
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    16. Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry
    by John McMurry, Mary E. Castellion, Mary E Castellion
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    Asin: 0130418420
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-27)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 66382
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    This book provides sufficient detail without overloading the reader with details that might be unnecessary to attain basic understanding of the subject matter.A new chapter on genomics is a timely response to the mapping of the human genome that will appeal to many readers.This book will a useful resource for anyone working in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, agriculture, home economics, aquaculture—or those who simply have a desire to learn more about the basic concepts of chemistry and biochemistry. . ... Read more


    17. Living in the Environment : Principles, Connections, and Solutions (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
    by Jr., G. Tyler Miller
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    Asin: 0534397980
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-02)
    Publisher: Brooks Cole
    Sales Rank: 94901
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    Miller's LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, 13th Edition is a science-based book designed for introductory courses in environmental science. Tyler Miller is the most successful author in environmental science instruction because of his attention to currency, trend-setting presentation, outstanding student and instructor supplements, and his ability to retain and refine the pedagological hallmarks on which instructors have come to depend. In this edition Miller has added an on-line Web- based resource, entitled the Resource Integration Guide, which is updated quarterly with CNN® Today video clips, animations, and articles from InfoTrac® College Edition.Instructors can seamlessly incorporate current news articles and research findings to support classroom instruction. And, for the first time ever, students will receive a complementary CD-ROM entitled Interactive Concepts in Environmental Science. This groundbreaking addition integrates nearly 100 engaging animations and interactions with chapter summaries, flashcards, and Web-based quizzes. Organized by chapter, students will find links to relevant resources, narrated animations, interactive figures and prompts to review material and test themselves. The content in the Thirteenth Edition of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT is everything you have come to expect and more. There is more information on ecology and basic science than ever before. Instructors can continue to expect high quality end-of-chapter questions, an orientation toward solutions and prevention rather than clean-up,the integration of Web resources, and balanced presentation of controversial ideas that are supported through Pro/Con diagrams and discussions. ... Read more


    18. Earth Science (With CD-ROM)
    by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, Dennis Tasa, Frederick K Lutgens
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    Asin: 0130353906
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-23)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 25735
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Earth Science offers a reader-friendly overview of our physical environment for the reader with little or no exposure to science. The emphasis is on readability, with clear explanations and examples, superb illustrations by the renowned Dennis Tasa, and an incredible collection of full color photographs and topographical maps.Topics covered in this highly readable and interesting book are geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology.For readers needing a basic informational book about Earth Science. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome, not quite college level
    I'm using this book for a high school freshman year Earth Sci class, and I love it. It's very readable and clear, with appropriate diagrams that help understanding. It also avoids doing what lots of high school textbooks do, which is showing lots of weird-looking kids in plain T-shirts doing experiments in a doomed attempt to appeal to students. I've learned a lot with this book :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book covering everything
    This textbook is one of the best scientific books I have seen. Not only does it cover earth science (like geology), but astronomy and meteorology also. It covers every topic that you possibly want to know about. The authors leave no information out. I had to use this for Science Olympiad, and it helped me so much. The explanations are great, the images beautiful, and the diagrams very helpful. I would suggest this for anyone that has an interest in Earth Science or Meteorology. It is a great book. ... Read more


    19. Elementary Statistics, Ninth Edition
    by Mario F. Triola
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    Asin: 0201775700
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-04)
    Publisher: Addison Wesley
    Sales Rank: 19706
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars needs improvement
    My professor(who is a statistician) pointed out several problems in this text. Some times he was just in awe of the serious mistakes and liberties taken in this book. One that comes to mind is Mario's use of the Z-test when (in certain circumstances) really it would have been more accurate to use the T-test. Also, there are many little mistakes that should have been corrected by the seventh edition (in some of the examples etc). The book is okay if your just taking the course for a general ed. requirement...My professor, who himself has authored many high-level math textbooks found the book to be problematic. Perhaps there is a difference of opinion on the Z- versus t-test. Hopefully, the little mistakes (that aren't controversial) will be corrected before any new editions are published!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent text for a intro course in stats.
    I found this book to be user friendly with regards to learning statistical foundations. Concepts are presented in a clear understandable format. The use of Margin Essays describing real uses with people in their respective fields of employment were an enormous asset. I found this book to be very helpful with instructor/student interaction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very good intro stats book
    I think this is a great textbook. I have been reviewing texts for an AP statistics course and have settled on this book as a middle ground between very basic texts and rigorous textbooks for math majors.

    It is not intended for math majors. I don't understand why reviewers are criticizing it for it not being more rigorous.

    It has enough depth for intro undergrad stats, yet is adaptable to lower levels so some of the boneheads I have in high school can comprehend.

    Excellent explanations. Very readable. Decent problem sets.

    I approve.

    5-0 out of 5 stars thank you!
    The book arrived promptly and was in excellent condition. Thank you for saving me time and money!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Frank
    An absolutely outstanding text for conceptual development in elementary statistics. - I'm currently taking a statistical analysis course, and, after having read the vast majority of the text, I've found it to be the most clear and intelligently written text on the undergraduate market. (I've read most of the competing texts and they really don't compare). Clear, to the point, lucid prose - explaining not only the calculations, but also the CONCEPTS BEHIND THE PROCEDURES, is what seperates this text from the others. A lot of books lose the reader in computational detail without clearly explaining the ideas behind the procedures. - This book clearly surpasses the others in its conceptual clarity and insight that it offers into critical ideas left out of most other elementary texts I've read. I actually went out and got this book after seeing how clearly superior it was in communicating critical ideas necessary to understand the subject - relative to the text that was assigned by the professor for the course. The doctrinaire critiques I've read about the book are, to me, entirely unfounded. If you're looking for a good conceptual foundation in elementary statistics, and calculations that illustrate the concepts, you won't find a better text on the market. ... Read more


    20. Geography : Realms, Regions and Concepts
    by H. J. de Blij, Peter O. Muller
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    Asin: 0471152242
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-31)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 202211
    Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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    Each chapter has been thoroughly revised to reflect the changing cultural, political, and physical landscape of our world.
    Increased coverage of environmental change and the risks that the planet faces with 6.2 billion people.
    This new eleventh edition places more emphasis on critical thinking, human geography and environmental issues.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Authors biased towards India.
    In the chapter about South Asia, the authors have written quite a lot about the "Kashmir problem" but not once have they mentioned the ethnic cleasing of 350,000 Kashmiri Hindus that took place in 1990. I just cannot believe that they don't know about this.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice features -- but disorganized
    It reads okay, but it is difficult to retrieve information as a resource for homework. The topics are inconsistant from chapter to chapter and are not oriented to the geographical topics defined in the Intro.

    The topical structure needs to be rewritten to make it a better resource. ... Read more


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