textbooks are "webified" versions of the bound paper books, with way
too much dense unreadable text, small illustrations and diagrams,
and a few "bells and whistles" thrown in to make it seem more
modern. This book has been written specifically for viewing on
devices that might have limited connectivity or screen space.
The text is sparse, as to-the-point as can be done with a difficult
subject. When material can be expanded upon, there are links
in the column to the right. The links may be videos, graphics,
exercises, or pages that explain and/or expand upon the material.
Links are checked periodically but still may be dead (sometimes
temporarily). Links with intrusive ads are avoided when
possible (this is becoming unavoidable on videos, and I have a
pop-up blocker, and so I might not see pop-up ads), and I may miss
distracting sound issues, as except for videos I find links with my
system muted. Links should open in separate tabs or windows.
As an introductory text for majors, this book is
building the concepts and language on which all later biology
classes will draw. If your approach is to absorb just enough to
take a test and then forget it, that might very well work for your
current marks, but in the future you’ll be having to learn this
material all over again. In the long run, you are better served to
actually learn this stuff now.
The book has been
written for a specific course, but has been used as a supplemental
text by students all around the world. Its basic biology, but
there still might be disagreements between my terminology and
explanations and other instructors.
to the author's home page, with several links to other online books,
all biology intro texts with different slants.
Link to the
course for which the book is written, a 2nd-semester majors' course.