The Way Life Works: The Science Lover's Illustrated Guide to How Life Grows, Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along Paperback – 1 Oct 1998
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Another edition is called 'Exploring the Way Life Works'. It is a substantial expansion of the first edition. Every page from the latter has been reproduced exactly (these are the pages with the cartoon illustrations), but a great deal of further information has been worked into the book, under the auspices of Judy Hauck, a science educationalist and daughter of Mahlon Hoagland. It seems the book is now intended for school use.
The extra material is excellent, but it makes the book much more substantial. The print is much smaller, and effectively makes the book at least twice the size of the first edition. As I said, with that edition you could feel like an expert in biology in a couple of days. Now you'll have a lot more to deal with. As a tip, if you stick to the pages containing cartoon illustrations, you'll be reading the first edition, after which you could read the book properly.
The new material consists of photographs, diagrams, questions and a lot of text. Many links to Internet resources are now embedded in the book.
It's a shame that the style of the original book has been lost to some extent, as it was so effective. I'm glad I have both these editions.
But if you're reading this with the view to buying a copy for yourself, I do recommend it. It's a much better introduction to Biology than I had in school and an excellent read for adults and teens alike!
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I am using this as a main text for homeschooling (elementary aged, "advanced") It should provide an excellent foundation, making diving into dense A.P./ college texts (like Campbell Biology (9th Edition)) much easier when/if the time comes. For those looking for something in-between, I've heard from two different sources who have reviewed the available textbooks, to use for high school homeschooling classes, (one of the teachers a Ph.D. in molecular plant biology) a good one is "BIOLOGY EXPLORING LIFE STUDENT EDITION 2009C.
Coming back to this book, it takes a comprehensive look at life from the molecular level on up.
The illustrations are excellent for explaining subjects in memorable ways, fairly in-depth. They are bright, plentiful, and cartoon-y, and have kept the interest of my son.
This is the type of book written not only by someone who knows their subject, but ALSO knows how to TEACH and ENJOY it! (The type that you get excited about if you are a teacher or interested in learning a subject.)
My thanks to the authors!
There is an earlier version of this book, "The Way Life Works: The Science Lover's Illustrated Guide to How Life Grows, Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along", and from what I understand the main difference is that this newer one added more textbook-like sections at the end of each chapter with questions, etc. to try to make it more useful in the classroom.
Every page has interesting things to say and reveal to me. For the first time in my life I began to realize that I am just like all the other things in the world. I just have a different shape than they do. There also seems to be what I will call an transcendental aspect to each page or several pages. I suddenly begin to sense the BIG PICTURE OF LIFE.
Also don't miss the last pages in the book which give the answers to the test questions that the author's have posed throughout the book. The answers themselves are so interesting. This book took a LOT OF WORK to create.
This, I think, is a classic.
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