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  • Worlds within Worlds by Thomas C. EmmelReview by: Sheril K. CharbaThe American Biology Teacher, Vol. 40, No. 7 (Oct., 1978), p. 449Published by: University of California Press on behalf of the National Association of BiologyTeachersStable URL: .Accessed: 28/06/2014 18:15

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    By COLIN PATTERSON. Summarizing the latest ideas of how life originated and diversified onearth, this concise, generously illustrated book offers an account of modern evolutionary theory and how it has developed since Darwin.

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    dents in investigatory projects, and it does contain many useful ideas and references that college teachers would find of interest.

    Gordon G. Snyder Schoolcraft College

    Livonia, Michigan

    WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS by Thomas C. Emmel. 1977. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. (737 Third Avenue, New York 10017). (Accom- panied by a Laboratory Manual, by Jill Jordan and Donald Goodman, and Study Guide, by Marjorie Goldstein and Madeline Liff Simon) Textbook, 612 p., $13.95; Laboratory Manual, 296 p., $95; Study Guide, 234 p., $5.95.

    This general biology textbook is a well- written, coherent, and up-to-date intro- duction aimed at the beginning under- graduate student to the nature and func- tioning of living systems. The author has chosen a unique approach by beginning the book with an analysis of the entire biosphere as an integral unit and then proceeding chapter-by-chapter to exam- ine the nature of the biosphere in finer detail through life at the community level, biology at the population level, the biol- ogy of individual organisms, and finally biology at the molecular level. This "re- verse" approach succeeds in giving the

    student with little or no background in biological sciences a point of reference for further analysis and arouses curiosity about the functioning of the living wQrld. However, each chapter is relatively self- contained and is written so that the in- structor can approach the study in an order other than that presented.

    The author, particularly in the early chapters, writes with enthusiasm and transmits this feeling to the reader. The chapter on environmental degradation and pollution is especially excellent and timely.

    General biological concepts are stressed throughout the book rather than a heavy emphasis on terminology. The author generously illustrates various biological principles with many interesting examples from the living world. The book lacks some depth and detail; but overall, it is a superior book that would be good for use in any intro- ductory biology course, particularly one for non-biological science majors.

    The accompanying laboratory manual is well-organized and well-written, and the order in which the topics are pre- sented parallels the order found in the textbook. The experiments and laboratory activities described are rel- atively uncomplicated and generally do not require a lot of preparation or equip- ment. Each exercise contains many thought-provoking questions for students to answer while they actually perform the

    exercise. As in the textbook, fundamental concepts of biology are stressed rather than terminology and detail; therefore the laboratory manual is particularly well- suited for'the student who may not have any further contact with the study of biology.

    The study guide would be very benefi- cial to most students. It parallels the textbook chapter-by-chapter, succinctly listing the major objectives of the chapter and the important terms introduced. Various exercise drills are presented fol- lowed by a multiple choice self-test and answers. Each lesson is completed by five or so comprehensive thought ques- tions that are the most valuable feature of the study guide.

    Sheril K. Charba Florida Technological University




    Stanley Joel Reiser, Arthur J. Dick, and William J. Curran, eds. 1977. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (28 Carlton Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142). 679p. $19.95.

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    Article Contentsp. 449

    Issue Table of ContentsThe American Biology Teacher, Vol. 40, No. 7 (Oct., 1978), pp. 405-456Front MatterAn OvertureWe Cannot Be Apolitical [pp. 405+418]

    Selenium: Poison and Preventive [pp. 406-409+433-434]Hormone Action: Oxytocin-Induced in vitro Milk Release [pp. 410-413+422]Mycorrhiza: A Common Form of Mutualism [pp. 414-418]The Science Fair: A Critique and Some Suggestions [pp. 419-422]Adolescence Obligations and Educational Policy [pp. 423-425+432]The Potential Role of Examinations in Innovative Curricula [pp. 426-428]Paul Klinge (1918-1978). In Memoriam [pp. 429-432]How-To-Do-ItTeaching by Inquiry [pp. 435-437]CPR Instruction in a Human Anatomy Class [p. 437]Procedure for the Quantitative Assay of Enzymatic Activity [pp. 438+440]A Club Model That Works [pp. 439-440]Poetry in Biology [p. 440]Recycling Plastic Milk Jugs [p. 441]

    Letters to the EditorHumanizing Language: Some Reactions [p. 442]Isosmotic and Isotonic: Clarifying the Differences [pp. 442+456]

    Audiovisual ReviewsReview: untitled [p. 443]Review: untitled [pp. 443-444]Review: untitled [p. 444]Review: untitled [pp. 444+453-454]

    Book ReviewsBehaviorReview: untitled [p. 445]

    BotanyReview: untitled [p. 445]Review: untitled [p. 445]

    Cell and Molecular BiologyReview: untitled [pp. 445-446]Review: untitled [p. 446]

    Ecology and Environmental BiologyReview: untitled [p. 446]Review: untitled [p. 446]

    Educational and Professional ConcernsReview: untitled [p. 447]

    EvolutionReview: untitled [p. 447]Review: untitled [pp. 447-448]

    General BiologyReview: untitled [pp. 448-449]Review: untitled [p. 449]

    HealthReview: untitled [pp. 449-450]Review: untitled [pp. 450-451]Review: untitled [p. 451]Review: untitled [pp. 451-452]Review: untitled [p. 452]

    Books Received [pp. 454-456]Back Matter