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21. 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

22. Nutrition : Concepts and Controversies (with CD-ROM, Dietary Reference Intakes Supplement, and InfoTrac)
by Frances Sienkiewicz Sizer, Eleanor Noss Whitney
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Asin: 0534090524
Catlog: Book (2003-05-15)
Publisher: Brooks Cole
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NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERIES, 9th focuses on nutrition principles and their application while offering outstanding coverage of the biological foundations of nutrition without assuming previous knowledge of them. Its colorful design and conversational writing style make it appealing and accessible to students and has made it the leading Nutrition text for the non-majors or mixed majors/non-majors introductory course. ... Read more

23. Biology (7th Edition)
by Neil A. Campbell, Jane B. Reece
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-10)
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
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24. Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, Fifth Edition
by John A. Van de Walle
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-04)
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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John A. Van de Walle has written a book that helps readers make sense of mathematics and become confident in their ability to teach mathematics to children K to 8. Elementatry and Middle School Mathematics consists of 16 chapters reflecting the view that all mathematics can be taught through a problem-solving approach that motivates children and builds their confidence as they learn. This book thoroughly discusses the new standards and clearly develops four key aspects of teaching mathematics: the nature of mathematics as a science of pattern and order; an understanding of how children learn mathematics; a problem solving view of teaching mathematics; and specific methods for integrating assessment with instruction.Simple yet effective classroom activities are woven throughout the chapters as well as suggestions for technology and literature. For teachers, future teachers, and educators.nt Code-- F ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Must have!
If you learned math from traditional methods or algorithms, you must read this book. Math today is so different from how I learned it. This book explains how and why math has changed so much. I recommend it to teachers and parents alike. The author explains how to teach math using problem-solving. The method makes so much more sense than traditional mathematics. The book is filled with activities for every math concept and age that are easy to find, read, and use without much prep or prop. It also has ideas and resources for including literature and technology into math class.
I find it highly valuable as a 3rd year teacher of fifth grade. My district uses the Visual Math program, and this book has helped me understand why visual math works much more than any inservice. I have the fifth edition as a textbook for a methods class, and I'll never leave home without it.

4-0 out of 5 stars good book for teachers
This book is a great book for teachers. I learned a lot through it. And I know you will too.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource!
As an elementary teacher and college math methods instructor, I have found this book to be an excellent resource for teaching children math in an engaging, meaningful way. The author includes lots of examples of useful activities for all areas of mathematics. A book I'll use over and over in the years to come... ... Read more

25. Nursing 2005 Drug Handbook (Nursing Drug Handbook)
by Springhouse, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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26. 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

27. 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

28. 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

29. College Algebra, Third Edition
by Robert F. Blitzer
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Asin: 0131013653
Catlog: Book (2003-02-18)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 129925
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book presents the traditional content of Precalculus in a manner that answers the age-old question of “When will I ever use this?” Highlighting truly relevant applications, this book presents the material in an easy to teach from/easy to learn from approach. KEY TOPICS Chapter topics include equations, inequalities, and mathematical models; functions and graphs; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices and determinants; conic sections; and sequences, induction, and probability.For engineers of every kind, manufacturing personnel, technologists, technicians, and technical marketing professionals. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers
I had the chance to go through the above book and I must say that I found it very useful. I very much liked the modern approach to the theory of numbers and the use of the historical aspect.
I am in Ghana teaching at the University of Education Wnneba. How can a get some copies for the Departmental Library?
I can not give much detail review now until a get a copy of the book. ... Read more

30. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From The Beaten Track: The Letters Of Richard P. Feynman
by Richard P. Feynman
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Asin: 0738206369
Catlog: Book (2005-04-30)
Publisher: Basic Books
Sales Rank: 227711
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An extraordinary volume of never-before-published letters written by one of America's most beloved scientists.

Richard P. Feynman, brilliant physicist and beloved teacher, is an iconic figure in the world of science. Born in 1918 in Brooklyn, Feynman received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1942. Despite his youth, he played an important part in the Manhattan Project during World War II, going on to teach at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology, and winning the Nobel Prize in physics in 1965 for his research in quantum electrodynamics. Many remember his work on the Challenger commission, in particular his famous O-ring experiment, which required nothing more than a glass of ice water. Besides his work as a physicist, Feynman was at various times an artist, dancer, bongo player, and lock picker.

While there have been many books celebrating his myriad scientific achievements and personal eccentricities, his personal correspondence has remained largely hidden from view buried in the archive at Caltech or locked in a box in his daughter's Pasadena home. Now, for the first time, we have the privilege of reading his wonderful letters to students, long-lost relatives, former lovers, crackpots, colleagues, and die-hard fans. From his early love letters to his first wife Arline, who died at Los Alamos of tuberculosis, to his decades-long attempt to resign from the National Academy of Sciences, Feynman shares his views on feminism, fatherhood and everything in between. These letters, which span a full half-century, tell the story of a marvelous and inventive life, and reveal the pathos and wisdom of a man many felt close to but few really knew. By turns abrasive and charming, intimate and inspiring, we see the many sides of Richard Feynman, and treasure him all the more. ... Read more

31. Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
by Vinay Kumar, Nelso Fausto, Abul Abbas
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Asin: 0721601871
Catlog: Book (2004-07-30)
Publisher: W.B. Saunders Company
Sales Rank: 6556
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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Through six editions, Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease has been the leading textbook in its field. No other resource has been able to match its outstanding coverage of pathophysiology and disease. Now renamed Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, the new, 7th Edition of this classic text delivers a host of improvements that make it an even clearer choice for students and practitioners! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best pathology book for students!
This is THE textbook of pathology for students of medicine and dentistry!
Pros? Well, it has all the 4 C's...
1) Clear language... minimal verbosity, straight to the point
2) Comprehensive ... it has all the facts the student needs to know for exams as well as future clinical practice
3) Colour pictures ... not the black and white stuff but full colours to add more morphological meaning to the texts
4) Cast ... I'm sure everyone wants to read a book written by authoritative pathologists?

1) Cumbersome ... students just initiated into the world of pathology may find it tough to plough through the thousand over pages of text (like I did while in med school), but believe me, if you stick by it, you'll enjoy the fruits of your labour in due time.
2) Some of the facts and tumour classifications may be a little out of date (latest edition published in 1999) but if you're a student, don't brood over it. Tutors would probably highlight major updates during your pathology course.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great book for those going into pathology!
If you are an ordinary medical student like myself this book is too detailed and has everything there is to know about the subject. It is a great book for those who have a basic understanding of pathology, but for those who don't good luck reading it for the first time. Some of the comments(jokes) in the book are also not needed. I believe that "Basic Pathology" 6th. edition from the same authors is a lot easier to understand with better and more colorful diagrams.

1-0 out of 5 stars thick but not good
The book is written in a very dense matter and extremely unfriendly to reading but worst of all it has very few histological images so while the description is there you often times do not see it and so you don't learn it.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
If you are looking at this text, then you should already know that Robbins is synonymous with pathology. There is nothing like sitting down on a Saturday night to brush up your pathology with this text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Med Students - MAKE TIME FOR THIS BOOK
If you're able to plan enough ahead of time, read this book early and often. GREAT book - gives a good overview (yes, overview) without being too concise or too lengthy - appropriate level for Med Students, esp 2nd year. Its great to combine with Wheater's Basic Histopatholgy.
CRAMMING? then read BRS Pathology AND First Aid. ... Read more

32. The Singing Life of Birds : The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong
by Donald Kroodsma
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Asin: 0618405682
Catlog: Book (2005-04-04)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Sales Rank: 951
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Listen to birds sing as you've never listened before, as the world-renowned birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma takes you on personal journeys of discovery and intrigue.
Read stories of wrens and robins, thrushes and thrashers, warblers and whip-poor-wills, bluebirds and cardinals, and many more bird. Learn how each acquires its songs, how songs vary from bird to bird and place to place, how some birds' singing is especially beautiful or ceaseless or complex, how some do not sing at all, how the often quiet female has the last word, and why.
Hear a baby wren and the author's own daughter babble as each learns its local dialect. Listen to the mockingbird by night and by day and count how many different songs he can sing. Marvel at the exquisite harmony in the duet of a wood thrush as he uses his two voice boxes to accompany himself.
Feel the extraordinary energy in the songs just before sunrise as dawn's first light sweeps across this singing planet. Hear firsthand the unmistakable evidence that there are not one but two species of marsh wrens and two species of winter wrens in North America. Learn not only to hear but to see birds sing in the form of sonagrams, as these visual images dance across the pages while you listen to the accompanying CD.
Using your trained ears and eyes, you can begin your own journeys of discovery. Listen anew to birds in your backyard and beyond, exploring the singing minds of birds as they tell all that they know. Join Kroodsma not only in identifying but in identifying with singing birds, connecting with nature's musicians in a whole new way.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Suberb--a lovely merging of science and poetry
I was predisposed to like this book, since I love birdsong and have long been drawn to research about it.But this book far exceeded my high expectations.Don Kroodsma takes us through the entire process of listening to a song, thinking up questions about how the species acquired it, and step by step through the process of learning the answer, setting up the sections like little mysteries.He's recognized by the American Ornithologists' Union as an authority on acquisition of birdsong, and although the book is authoritative and scientific, he somehow manages to infuse every paragraph with his own sense of wonder and joy in his subject.This book may look like a textbook, but it reads like a cross between a mystery novel and lovely poetry.I can't recommend it highly enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of Avian Bioacoustics.
A masterpiece of avian bioacoustics (Sorry, I just had to use those words).

I have a bird outside my window just now singing a song of some kind. I've long thought it was pretty, but thought no more acout it. Now this book has come along and my casual listening has become much more interesting. I found the bird outside my window in the book and sure enough here is a sonogram, a voice print if you will of what the bird sounds like. Further, there is a track on the CD that comes with the book that has this bird's song recorded. It's not exactly like the bird outside the window, but birds (I've learned) are individuals too.

Birding is one of the more popular pastimes in this country, and growing quire rapidly. This book would be a supurb gift to any birder, even if you have to give it to yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars The CD alone is worth the money!
Just listened to an interview with the author on NPR which included a number of selections from the accompanying CD, all I can think of is 'how awesome!'The author has spent many years studying and documenting birdsong and makes me realize that what I thought I knew from growing up in the country surrounded by birdsong is a tiny fragment of what I actually was hearing.The CD includes birdsongs at normal speeds and slowed to 1/2 and 1/4 speed, which allows the listener to hear the discreet sounds.The accompanying text includes graphic description of the sounds for a clearer understanding.If you love birds, you will love this! ... Read more

33. Linear Algebra and Its Applications (3rd Edition)
by David C. Lay
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Asin: 0201709708
Catlog: Book (2002-07-18)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Sales Rank: 19886
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Readable Text
I used this as the textbook for an undergraduate course in Linear Algebra. It was by far the most reader-friendly math book I've ever had the pleasure of using. The book explains Linear Algebra in plain, easy-to-read english. Each section of each chapter is very clear and to-the-point. The examples are helpful and well-placed in the chapters. I attribute getting an 'A' in that class to this text.

One word of advise however... the study guide for this text comes in handy at numerous points of the book. It's not needed, but strongly advised. Other than that, the book is great! I only wish that I had a calculus book that well written.

4-0 out of 5 stars A thorough and concise textbook.
Dr. Lay has put out a quality textbook, worthy of a read as well as a series of challenging questions. As an undergraduate physics student at Queen's University, it is often frustrating when the course materials are lacking in study content. This is not the case with this book. The only real drawback to this textbook is the limitation of the study guide that accompanies the book. When preparing for exams, it is often best to review extra problem that were not assigned throughout the year, since it is not possible to confer with the professor or the TA with regards to every question. One must complete this task independently. Dr. Lay's student guide an excellent reference pertaining to the problems that it contains solutions for, however some the challenging study questions require a more in depth analysis than is provided. On the whole this textbook is worth while reference and definitely worth considering for and undergraduate course in linear algebra. A.C. Toews (Queen's Arts & Science 2001)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good introductory book- Math students may want more
This book presents, in a reasonably clear manner, the concepts, formulas, and theorems related to linear algebra. Examples of linear algebra in economics and engineering help solidify these concepts. However, the book does not cover several types of matricies. For example, an assignment involved a population-change question involving Leslie matricies. Unfortunately, the Leslie matrix is not covered anywhere in the book. It would also be desirable to have a summary of the Invertible Matrix Theorem. Instead, the various parts of this theorem are scattered throughout the book. Otherwise, however, this book serves its purpose well- as an introduction to linear algebra.More advanced students will want a text with more thorough coverage.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a math book!
As a college student, I'm really no fan of reading my math texts; often they're incomprehensible and frustrating. But this text is clear and understandable. The only thing I find aggravating is the lack of help given on the true/false problems - even the study guide seems lacking in this area.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended for everyone!
The last time I wrote a review for this book, I gave it 2 stars; now, after going through the whole book, I'm able to give it 5 stars. No matter what your major is, and no matter how advanced you are, this book has something. It is example-oriented, easy to follow, and right to the point. Each chapter starts off with theory and ends with applications. Each section starts with basic definitions and easy problems and ends with theorems and harder probrems. The 2nd edition is pretty much the same as the 3rd edition, so don't waist money for nothing. ... Read more

34. Life, Seventh Edition : The Science of Biology
by David Sadava, William K. Purves, Craig Heller, Gordon H. Orians
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Asin: 0716798565
Catlog: Book (2003-12-05)
Publisher: Sinauer Associates and W. H. Freeman
Sales Rank: 8809
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Authoritative, thorough, and engaging, Life: The Science of Biology achieves an optimal balance of scholarship and teachability, never losing sight of either the science or the student. The first introductory text to present biological concepts through the research that revealed them, Life covers the full range of topics with an integrated experimental focus that flows naturally from the narrative. This approach helps to bring the drama of classic and cutting-edge research to the classroom—but always in the context of reinforcing core ideas and the innovative scientific thinking behind them. Students will experience biology not just as a litany of facts or a highlight reel of experiments, but as a rich, coherent discipline.

The new edition builds on Life's enduring strengths by doing what this acclaimed text has always done: combine a contemporary view of the discipline with innovative teaching and learning features. New chapters and essays, an enhanced art program, and standard-setting media and supplements combine to make this edition the finest yet. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, clearly written text for college-level biology.
First, just to let you know what perspective I am reviewing this from, I am a college student, and this text was used in my 200-level introductory biology course. Since I am a student, and not a professor or expert of any sort, I am evaluating the book based on how helpful it was to me in learning the material. For input from biology professors, you'll have to take a look at some of the other reviews here.

"Life: The Science of Biology" has definitely been one of the better biology textbooks I've used. The text is well written, with clear explanations and plenty of real-life examples to help you tie small details into the bigger picture. But beware: The information here is incredibly in-depth, so if you're only looking for a basic overview of biology, you may actually want a slightly simpler book, otherwise you may get lost in all the details. It was perfect for my 200-level class, and gave me all the information I needed, but I don't think it would be the ideal text for an introductory biology course. One other reviewer here mentioned that she used this text to teach her AP biology students. I took AP biology in high school (and got a 5 on the exam) and can guarantee you that this text contains far, far more than you would ever need to know to get a perfect score. It's definitely a college level text.

The book has numerous detailed, well-labeled diagrams that are helpful in understanding different processes. In fact, being a rather visual, hands-on learner, I sometimes found the step-by-step diagrams easier to follow than the text itself. There are also plenty of great photographs and other helpful images. At the end of each chapter there is a bare-bones overview of key points you should know, and a self-quiz to help you evaluate your grasp of the material. At the end of the book there is an extensive glossary with definitions of key terms.

Unfortunately, there is one mistake in this book, to be found in chapter 34, "Deuterostomate Animals." On page 674, some text from the previous page is repeated, and this in turn means that part of the section entitled "Primates and the Origin of Humans" is cut off, even ending in mid-sentence. The following page is filled entirely with pictures and diagrams, no text, and then on page 676 where the text starts up again, it skips to the beginning of the next section, entirely leaving out a chunk of information. This is the only place in the book where I found such a problem.

There is a website to accompany this text ( I never found it necessary to use the site for my studies, but it may be helpful for some. It contains chapter summaries, animated tutorials, text-related activities, self quizzes, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary of key terms (same as the one found at the back of the book). The book is also supposed to come with a CD-ROM. My school's bookstore was selling the books and CDs separately, and I did not purchase the CD and so cannot evaluate its usefulness. I know I learned everything I needed without it, and I suspect the book and website alone would be sufficient for most students' needs.

Aside from the glitch in chapter 34, mentioned above, I have found nothing to complain about with this book. I will definitely be hanging on to it for future reference, and highly recommend it to anyone needing a detailed, comprehensive biology text. NOTE: This review refers to the 7th edition of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars missing pages
Like many of the other reviewers have already stated, this is a great book for intro biology. If you pick it up be certain that it is not missing pages though. I read through it into Chapter 34 before finding some info missing! While reading Chp 34 pp. 673 I see that the intro to "Primates and the Origin of Humans" is repeated again on the following page. Also, on pp. 674 where this info is repeated, the info suddenly stops, and is not continued on pp 675 (which is understandable since it is all photographs), nor on pp. 676. Instead, pp. 676 begins with "Human ancestors
evolved bipedal locomotion", therefore, leaving out the connection between anthropoids and hominids. This is crucial info because it is the info that tells us where humans came from! It is some of the most critical info in all of the textbook! If you pick this book up check these pages. If it is missing this info return it immediately for a corrected copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars ++Excellent textbook studied by students in UCLA
There's a reason why this textbook is used at one of the top public universities in the nation. It is clearly written, lots of pictures that has step-by-step comments, a concise chapter summary and discussion questions. Chapters are relatively short at 16-26 pages each, full of detailed pictures and fairly easy reading for the scientific individual. Compared to Scientific American, it is easier to read.
The CD-ROM has flashcards, animated tutorials (videos and sound), games, self-quizzes (small) and large chapter quizzes (multiple choice) with explanations for every answer you got incorrect or correct. The animation videos are very helpful in picturing abstractions such as molecular formation.
Study guide has a more in-depth chapter summary notes and more multiple choice questions with explanations to the answers. Many if not all chapters related to current news updates on science, so the book is a very recent infusion of current science developments with past biology.

UCLA students have used books from these authors for a few years now in their Life Science 1,2 courses (biology). Excellent text.
I had a fun time in the class both because of my outstanding professor Dr. Kubasak and the outstanding textbook!

4-0 out of 5 stars But is ok, spend time 2 memorize the details though
Very similar to other biology books, there will not be a feature in this book that will make it significally stand-up from the other ones. In despite of that, I really recommend the website that accompanies this book. The animations are great to understand biological concepts such as PCR, operons, etc.
Everything is in great detail (too much detail for an introductory class in my opinion)... the organization could have been better to make the students understand. Sometimes I feel it provides so many details that the big picture is lost! I think that the cellular respiration chapter organization was confusing (it kept going from glycolisis to kreb's cycle back and forth.) It will be somewhat hard if you want to use this book to learn biology independently.
If you are a highschool student, I would highly recommend this book since it gives a great approximation of the type of books that will be used in university. I understand that MIT, Harvard and UCSD uses this book for their undergraduates...

5-0 out of 5 stars Complete college biology book.
I used this book for my college biology classes.It was complete and has lots of info on evolution, ecology, reproduction, energy pathways, etc.I also found used
The Ultimate Study Guide for Biology: Key Review Questions and Answers with Explantions by Patrick Leonardi Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3.I was recommended these books by a fellow student.I'm glad it took his recommendation because these three study guides had the kind of study questions that my college professor asked on the exams.These questions let me in the right direction in what was important to study.Purves Textbook and these three study guides were what helped me to pass biology with flying colors. ... Read more

35. Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment
by Linda Cocchiarella, Gunnar B. J. Andersson, Gunnar Andersson, American Medical Association
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for professionals in disability law and medicine
The 5th Edition is the Rosetta Stone for evaluating permanent impairment. It is invaluable in workers' compensation, where many states, provinces and several countries either mandate its use or treat this work as an authorativie source of impairment evaluation. It may also come to have utility in ADA cases, especially with its emphasis on activities of daily living, and as a predicate to demonstrating the significance or insignificance of an impairment's effect on major life activities after Toyota vs Williams. The vision chapter represents the AMA's first major, published revision to the science and knowledge of eye impairments since the early 1900's.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Charts
Although my copy came with 10 pages of errata sheets stuck in the front of it (presumably cured in the 5th version), I still got a lot out of reading through this book. The descriptions of impairment are de regeur reading for coming up with convincing settlement demands for soft tissue injuries. Someone's shoulder hurts? How do you say they have lost 20% of their upper body use as a result? Why not 90% of one finger, 50% of one hand, and 80% of one arm? Multiple impairments like these can be descriptively segmented to more fully elaborate what a patient is feeling, and how they are limited in daily activities. Both the plaintiff bar and the insurance community are well-served by this book. As for the medical accuracy of it, I'll take the AMA's word for it. ... Read more

36. Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, 2005 (Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment)
by Lawrence M. Tierney, Stephen J. McPhee, Maxine A. Papadakis
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The leading annually updated general medical text! CMDT 2005 is the most comprehensive, reliable, and timely reference available to answer common questions in everyday clinical practice. Written in a concise, easy-to-read style, the text covers all aspects of outpatient and inpatient care as well as authoritative descriptions of new developments in medicine. It includes information on over 1,000 diseases and disorders with an emphasis on prevention and cost-effective treatments. CMDT 2005 also features updated information on drug dosages and updated therapeutic options in HIV, including an approach to multi-drug antiretroviral therapies. ... Read more

37. Statistics for Business and Economics (Statistics for Business & Economics)
by David R. Anderson, Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams
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This market leading text offers proven, comprehensive, applications-oriented approach. Written by authors who are highly regarded in the field, the text provides sound methodological development. The discussion and development of each technique is presented in an application setting, with the statistical results providing insights to decisions and solutions to problems. Statistics for Business and Economics, 9e offers proven accuracy that has led instructors to adopt it simply for its superior examples and exercises alone. ... Read more

38. College Physics (with PhysicsNow)
by Raymond A. Serway, Jerry S. Faughn
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The main objectives of this introductory physics book are twofold: to provide the student with a clear and logical presentation of the basic concepts and principles of physics, and to strengthen an understanding of the concepts and principles through a broad range of interesting applications to the real world. In order to meet these objectives, emphasis is placed on sound physical arguments and discussions of everyday experiences and observations. At the same time, the student is motivated through practical examples that demonstrate the role of physics in other disciplines. This sixth edition features new pedagogy in keeping with the findings of physics education research. The rich, new pedagogy has been integrated within the framework of an established and reliable text, facilitating its use by instructors.This text, which covers the standard topics in classical physics and 20th century physics, is divided into six parts. Newtonian mechanics and the physics of fluids (Part I); heat and thermodynamics (Part II); wave motion and sound (Part III); electricity and magnetism (Part IV); properties of light and the field of geometric and wave optics (Part V); and an introduction to special relativity, quantum physics, and atomic and nuclear physics (Part VI). ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Blech
This book totally failed to explain the concept of torque to me, I spent one hour reading the torque chapter twice and it failed to show me. Then I asked my friend online and he was able to explain it to me in less than a minute. This book is only good for the problem sets, which occasionally have a cameo from a Warner Brothers cartoon and one picture of Raymond Serway on a bed of nails. You will not be able to teach yourself physics concepts if you use this book, so if your professor assigns it, I recommend you go to class. Maybe that's why he or she assigned it in the first place.

1-0 out of 5 stars less than one star... but since there's no zero
This is one of the poorest books I've ever used for learning any subject. This is simply NOT GOING TO WORK if you learn by reading/studying, rather than in class.

I already have a college degree, and I've read thousands of books, and studied from many. Rarely have I found a book this thick that has so little

There is a lot of verbiage but that is all.

DO NOT WASTE TIME WITH THIS BOOK. Without a GOOD teacher, this book is beyond totally useless. With a teacher one can use this book for homework problems, but nothing more.

Since I am doing this as a pre-requisite for medical school, I am using the web and a number of other texts instead. I wish I could find a good thorough text though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - But Only a Gateway to the Field
I will keep my review short and pointed.

It is difficult for people to design books for students. I was a professor so I know the subject and sometimes it is a challenge to prepare and transfer the information in an easy way to the student. That is the challenge.

About the book. It is an excellent book, with lots of information and covers all the basic topics of interest. If you can absorb everything in this book you will have a solid physics foundation of knowledge. It is a modern book and tries to relate physics concepts to the real world and modern laboratory so there is lots of extra information and tables, conversions, units, etc. Lots of formulas and a good cross reference index and it is all clear to myself.

As a student you will never learn from just the book. You must read the book, but it is absolutely critical that you do every problem that you can find from assignments, to what is available in this book, to other books. Problems, problems, problems. Then you will absorb all that is in the book. The field is not intuitively obvious and there is no shortcut to study and problem solving.

2-0 out of 5 stars Many better choices
My daughter is taking high school AP physics with this book. As a former teaching assistant in physics (grad school), this book is terrible in that the chapters give little insight to the information needed to work the problems. Without significant, and excellent, supplement by the teacher this book should not be used.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is pathetic
I am taking college physics as well as my second semester of general chemistry. This book in no way compares to my chemistry text. I am a very good college student with a BS in computer science and a strong physics background,... and even for me this book is extremely hard to follow. That is the consensus among my fellow students which include a friend who already has his MBA. There is not much explanation of concepts before you jump into the problems, and there are not nearly enough example problems worked in the text. Additionally, considering this is the 6th edition I am surprised to still find errors in the text.

Don't even consider purchasing the student solution manual. I think it works out about 15 of the end of chapter problems per chapter, which is not very many. ... Read more

39. Evidence of Harm : Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy
by David Kirby
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40. Fitzpatrick''s Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology (1,000 Illustrations)
by KlaussWolff, Richard. A. Johnson, RichardSuurmond
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"...should serve as a standard against which all future atlases will be measured..."*
-New England Journal of Medicine, review of third edition

“ excellent resource for all health care providers..."
-Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practioners, review of third edition

The best selling dermatology atlas in the medical market place! This unique combination of text, clinical reference, and color atlas features the best quality and most varied photographs of skin conditions important to any health care professional. Features consistent 2-page disease coverage format with description on left and photos on the right.

*MORE photographs – more than 100 new illustrations, many focusing on conditions affecting people of color
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Lots of full-color photographs
This is an excellent, full-color photographic atlas of dermatology. The text is not complete enough to diagnose and treat, but if you are looking for an excellent collection of photographs with brief descriptions to peak your interest this is a wonderful resource. Lots of images of less common disorders and diseases of the skin (Lamellar ichthyosis, pemphigus vulgaris, EB's), and also common ailments (acne, rosacea, cancer, etc.)

I have used this book throughout 2 years of medical school and it is one of the best dermatology references I have come across.It has also been a quick review for the the path seen with derm since the pictures are so clear and give a good representation of the path. An easy book to skim through before boards as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great overview of Clinical Dermatology
I enjoyed reading this book as a layperson, not having gone to medical school. I have a number of minor skin problems and this book allowed me to differentiate the insignificant ones from the ones I need to pay attention to. I think that this book should be in every household, because a person or parent should know what skin affliction(s) they have and how serious they are before they rush off to the doctor. One thing that should have been elaborated on more is the sub-section on The Nails as Clues to Multiorgan Disease. There are only a few pages of examples of this, yet there are dozens of correlations between abnormal fingernails and systemic disease. The book only gives blantant and graphic examples of serious nail problems and then gives the possible associated underlying disease. It should be expanded to include more "soft sign" nail problems to help doctors make educated guesses about what tests to run.

Shinning like a king's armour, the colours and synopses of this atlas made a thorough analysis of skin diseases.
Any medical student or practioner who needs a dermatological companion would find a reliable one in this atlas. The uncountable pictures, which featured in this new edition are both illustrative and descriptive. Everything about the book indicates sound research and documentation, (on the part of its authors). It is a superlative tool for both doctors and students: the type of book many people would like to keep as CD-ROMs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Out Damned Spot!
Was it, perhaps, the abundant clear color photos? Was it, by chance, the in-depth and easy to understand text? Or could it have been the complete indexing of every skin disease known to mankind, from Acne to Zoster sine zoster, that compelled me to snatch this wonderful red book from the shelf and declare, "Hey, this is one super-cool book!"

If I were a dermatologist or a general practitioner, I'd want this atlas in my reference library. Ah...but alas, I'm but a simple lawyer trying to find out how to get rid of a case of... Dare I say more? Out damned spot! Out!

Here's how I see it. If I, as layperson, might think this atlas worthy of your attention...then it must be! Cammy Diaz ... Read more

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