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One of the most common science courses offered at colleges and universities is biology. Perhaps that’s why a certain biology textbook is one of the top-selling college textbooks currently in use.

Campbell Biology (9th Edition) is the No. 2 best-selling textbook on the market, according to Amazon.  The book’s authors are Jane B. Reece, Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, and Steven A. Wasserman. The publisher is Benjamin Cummings, and the book was released in October 2010.

The 1,494 pages of text in this comprehensive textbook contain a tremendous amount of information, research, and details on biological subjects that are wide-ranging in nature. The slogan for the series is “Helping Students Make Connections Across Biology.” Because there is such a wide variety of topics involved in biology, the authors strive to ensure that students are able to connect the dots among these topics so that they all fit together like a puzzle.

Campbell BIOLOGY is the unsurpassed leader in introductory biology. The text’s hallmark values—accuracy, currency, and passion for teaching and learning—have made it the most successful college introductory biology book for eight consecutive editions.

This particular edition builds on the “Key Concepts” layout of chapters that are found in previous editions. The book encourages students to actually make these connections through a new feature called “Make Connections Questions.” This may include making connections between topics like molecules and ecology, which don’t’ seem all that related at face value. The book’s new “Impact Figures” are graphics and photos of real-world biological processes and research that has led to new breakthroughs in science. There is a greater emphasis on evolution as well. Additionally, there are some new features called “Summary of Key Concepts Questions” and “Write About A theme Questions.” Each of these features helps students fully connect the various concepts in each chapter so that they are picking up knowledge from the text instead of just reading it and losing out on the important “big picture” themes like in other books.

Lead author Jane Reece has been Neil Campbell’s longtime collaborator. Reece has been involved in every edition in this biology series. She taught biology at Middlesex County College and at Queensborough Community College. Her research as a doctoral student focused on genetic recombination in bacteria. In addition to her work on this series, Reece has coauthored titles that include Biology: Concepts & Connections, Essential Biology, and The World of the Cell.

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