Academic journal article Science Scope

The Handy Biology Answer Book, 2nd Edition

Academic journal article Science Scope

The Handy Biology Answer Book, 2nd Edition

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The Handy Biology Answer Book, 2nd Edition By Patricia Barnes-Svarney and Thomas E. Svarney $21.95. 550 pp. Visible Ink Press. Canton, MI. 2015. ISBN: 9781578594900.

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What are the most important elements for life? Why is a virus not considered alive? What is kidney dialysis? What causes mass extinction? Questions spanning the full range of biology topics are highlighted in The Handy Biology Answer Book.

Written in a question-and-answer format, the authors introduce the field of biology as well as the many careers within that field. Scientists, from anatomists and astrobiologists to virologists and zoologists, are featured in this book.

Scientific inquiry has its foundation in questioning. Scientists ponder simple questions such as "What is the origin of life?" and then develop hypotheses, make observations, and conduct experiments. This recurring theme links historical work to current research. In the section "Considering Animal Behavior," for example, innate behaviors, cognition, and classical conditioning pioneered by Ivan Pavlov are featured as precursors to the magnetic resonance images collected from Navy Seal-trained dogs and Jane Goodall's work observing chimpanzees' emotional reaction to the death of another chimpanzee. …

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