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'… a high standard of comprehensiveness and accuracy … will surely prove to be a really useful book.' Nature

'The book is superbly illustrated with line drawings, graphs, and occasional halftone photographs … The text itself is written very clearly and one can recommend this to either undergraduate or graduate students without any hesitation whatsoever. The abundant literature citations and excellent index add to the value of the textual discussions, making this book an invaluable resource for any biologist working with insects and aspects of their chemical ecology and physiology.' Thomas C. Emmel, Journal of Chemical Ecology

'This book should be on the shelf of every entomologist and student of insects. It is a splendid and much needed revision that brings insect structure and function up to date in the most accessible fashion.' Quarterly Review of Biology

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Extensively rewritten and long-awaited update of the standard text on insect structure and function.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Illinois Physiology Class Recommends Chapman's Text 1 May 2000
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The following comments were written by graduate and undergraduate members of an advanced class in insect physiology taught Spring Semester 2000.
Chapman's book is interesting and covers a variety of topics. It is interesting for learning about how much insects differ between orders. Chapman gives many examples of different phenomena in insects. As a student, though, all the examples and different phenomena make studying from the book difficult and overwhelming. It is useful as a reference, a book to read to clarify topics discussed in lecture. But it is very specific with the examples.
Chapman's textbook is comprehensive. It covers all aspects of insect physiology. It has full and updated literature citations for each chapter, which is very helpful for further reading. The language is simple and precise. But it is a little bit conservative and has slight coverage of some hot topics. The coverage favors insect structure and morphology.
For me as a student the Chapman text was very helpful, because it is clearly structured and it covers nearly all important fields of insect physiology and structure. The new edition is very up-to-date and gives good examples from recent investigations. It is a bit too focused on research conducted in the US, but this probably reflects the fact that most of the important research is conducted there. The illustrations are very clear and helpful.
I used this textbook in an advanced insect physiology class. To be perfectly honest, this book was a minor part of the class for me. I skimmed through it, used it for references, and as a sort of entomology handbook. From my perspective, it was a very complete source of information. At times it was a bit heavy on detail, but the information I needed was all there and clearly stated.
This book is not one that is useful to read from front to back. It is an excellent reference book that should be owned by all entomologists. Three or more specific examples are given for each topic instead of a generic example for all insects. This is useful because it gives you the range of known physiology of insects that can be compared to the reader's "insect of choice."
Chapman gives all the details an entomologist needs to know about insects. It may be a bit confusing due to the vast number of insects, but it is a good resource to own and keep. Chapman is very thorough.
One of the strengths of Chapman's new edition of Insects, Structure and Function is the wealth of examples. Every section of the book has examples from just about all of the orders of insects, although grasshoppers seem to rule disproportionately. A weakness with all of these wonderful examples is the cumbersome way Chapman places a list of them at the beginning of a section. He intends them to be as authoritative fleet of representatives who give some scale and scope to the subject being presented. They unfortunately end up as a heavy flotilla that diverts the reader's attention from the information sought. There are places in the book where subjects that are usually treated together or that work as a whole system are poorly integrated. Digestion and nutrition are so separately treated (they are in different chapters) that the reader finds herself having to cross reference from section to section to make cogent sense of what nutrients have to do with digestion. Strangely, when Chapman presents the great variety of insect form and function one has a sense of cacophony. Instead of giving us a unity, or even the illusion of unity, of how form and function interact we are presented with vignettes of research. But these vignettes do not provide us with the pretty and easy to get to views that we find on the Internet. We find ourselves lost somewhere in a tome that is more intent on directing our attention to variation than to presenting us with direct descriptions. But then again, how do you argue with the only author in English who has been brave enough to try to make a synthetic analysis of the most diverse group of animals on earth?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good text for advanced students 4 May 2000
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Chapman's book is a comprehensive and well-written entomology text. Not only does he cover all the basic topics in entomology, he does so in depth. This text may be too detailed and overwhelming for begining entomology students but is great for more advanced students. The one problem I have with this book is that Chapman often uses jargon without defining or explaining it, leaving the reader to look it up or remain confused.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A solid text 9 July 2001
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This is a solid text on the structure and physiology of insects. It has been used in two of my graduate level entomology classes, and none of the instructors have said "I wish Chapman had done ... differently".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good material, poor binding 30 April 2014
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The book is well written and proposes a litany of examples showing different physiological processes in different orders of insects.

However, after less that a few months, and quite frankly minimal use due to the overly complex vernacular, the glue binding has broken in half, leading to a few pages being pulled out. For a book supposed to last me my entire graduate career, 3 months and pages are falling out is unacceptable.
awesome 21 Jan. 2014
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Came across this book by chance in the library, and had to have a copy of it. Turns out it is a classic in its field, and a must-have for anyone seriously interested in entomology. Dense but well-organized, it is a challenging book but well worth the effort.
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