Maths from Scratch for Biologists

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Author: Alan J. Cann

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118685709

Category: Science

Page: 240

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Numerical ability is an essential skill for everyone studying the biological sciences but many students are frightened by the 'perceived' difficulty of mathematics, and are nervous about applying mathematical skills in their chosen field of study. Having taught introductory maths and statistics for many years, Alan Cann understands these challenges and just how invaluable an accessible, confidence building textbook could be to the fearful student. Unable to find a book pitched at the right level, that concentrated on why numerical skills are useful to biologists, he wrote his own. The result is Maths from Scratch for Biologists , a highly instructive, informal text that explains step by step how and why you need to tackle maths within the biological sciences. Features: * An accessible, jargon-busting approach to help readers master basic mathematical, statistical and data handling techniques in biology * Numerous end of chapter problems to reinforce key concepts and encourage students to test their newly acquired skills through practise * A handy, time-saving glossary * A supplementary website with numerous problems and self-test exercises

Easy Mathematics for Biologists

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Author: Peter C. Foster

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1482298198

Category: Mathematics

Page: 106

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Because elementary mathematics is vital to be able to properly design biological experiments and interpret their results. As a student of the life sciences you will only make your life harder by ignoring mathematics entirely. Equally, you do not want to spend your time struggling with complex mathematics that you will never use. This book is the perfect answer to your problems. Inside, it explains the necessary mathematics in easy-to-follow steps, introducing the basics and showing you how to apply these to biological situations. Easy Mathematics for Biologists covers the basic mathematical ideas of fractions, decimals and percentages, through ratio and proportion, exponents and logarithms, to straight line graphs, graphs that are not straight lines, and their transformation. Direct application of each of these leads to a clear understanding of biological calculations such as those involving concentrations and dilutions, changing units, pH, and linear and non-linear rates of reaction. Each chapter contains worked examples, and is followed by numerous problems, both pure and applied, that can be worked through in your own time. Answers to these can be found at the back.

Biomeasurement

A Student's Guide to Biostatistics

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Author: Dawn Hawkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199650446

Category: Mathematics

Page: 333

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A refreshing, student-focused introduction to the use of statistics in the study of the biosciences. Emphasising why statistical techniques are essential tools for bioscientists, Biomeasurement removes the stigma attached to statistics by giving students the confidence to use key techniques for themselves.

A Biologist's Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution

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Author: Sarah P. Otto,Troy Day

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400840910

Category: Science

Page: 744

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Thirty years ago, biologists could get by with a rudimentary grasp of mathematics and modeling. Not so today. In seeking to answer fundamental questions about how biological systems function and change over time, the modern biologist is as likely to rely on sophisticated mathematical and computer-based models as traditional fieldwork. In this book, Sarah Otto and Troy Day provide biology students with the tools necessary to both interpret models and to build their own. The book starts at an elementary level of mathematical modeling, assuming that the reader has had high school mathematics and first-year calculus. Otto and Day then gradually build in depth and complexity, from classic models in ecology and evolution to more intricate class-structured and probabilistic models. The authors provide primers with instructive exercises to introduce readers to the more advanced subjects of linear algebra and probability theory. Through examples, they describe how models have been used to understand such topics as the spread of HIV, chaos, the age structure of a country, speciation, and extinction. Ecologists and evolutionary biologists today need enough mathematical training to be able to assess the power and limits of biological models and to develop theories and models themselves. This innovative book will be an indispensable guide to the world of mathematical models for the next generation of biologists. A how-to guide for developing new mathematical models in biology Provides step-by-step recipes for constructing and analyzing models Interesting biological applications Explores classical models in ecology and evolution Questions at the end of every chapter Primers cover important mathematical topics Exercises with answers Appendixes summarize useful rules Labs and advanced material available

Biology

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Author: Peter Raven

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

ISBN: 1259668924

Category:

Page: 1408

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Life at the Speed of Light

From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life

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Author: J. Craig Venter

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143125907

Category: Science

Page: 224

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The author of A Life Decoded explains how his team's achievement with sequencing the human genome has launched an important age of biological research, revealing a growing potential for enabling humans to adapt and evolve for long-term survival and environmental improvement.

Introductory Mathematics for the Life Sciences

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Author: David Phoenix

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 0203483030

Category: Mathematics

Page: 229

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Introductory Mathematics for the Life Sciences offers a straightforward introduction to the mathematical principles needed for studies in the life sciences. Starting with the basics of numbers, fractions, ratios, and percentages, the author explains progressively more sophisticated concepts, from algebra, measurement, and scientific notation through the linear, power, exponential, and logarithmic functions to introductory statistics. Worked examples illustrate concepts, applications, and interpretations, and exercises at the end of each chapter help readers apply and practice the skills they develop. Answers to the exercises are posted at the end of the text.

The Sciences Good Study Guide

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Author: Andrew Northedge

Publisher: The Open University

ISBN: 0749234113

Category: Distance education

Page: 410

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Guide for students starting to study sciences at college or university

Exploring the World of Biology

From Mushrooms to Complex Life Forms

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Author: John Hudson Tiner

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 0890515522

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 153

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THE NEWEST BOOK IN OUR EXPLORING SERIES, EXPLORING THE WORLD OF BIOLOGY IS A FACINATING LOOK AT LIFE - FROM THE SMALLEST PROTEINS AND SPORES, TO THE COMPLEX LIFE SYSTEMS OF HUMANS AND ANIMALS.

Coming to Peace with Science

Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology

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Author: Darrel R. Falk

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830874771

Category: Religion

Page: 235

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Is a thoroughly Christian and biblically informed doctrine of creation compatible with widely held conclusions of modern science, especially biology? For Darrel R. Falk, this is not just an abstract question but one with which he has personally wrestled. A professor of biology, Falk brings together his biblically based understanding of creation and the most current research in biology. The result of his efforts to acknowledge the validity of science and the authority of Scripture is a new paradigm for relating the claims of science to the truths of Christianity. Written with the undergraduate student in mind, this book nonetheless will help anyone who is looking for a place to stand in the creation-evolution debate, fearful that they'll have to choose between intellectual integrity and the faith of the church. Calling for charitable discussions within the church, Falk shows how an original and ongoing interaction of God with creation is fully reconcilable with the kinds of development identified by current biological science.

Evolutionary History

Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth

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Author: Edmund Russell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139496476

Category: History

Page: N.A

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We tend to see history and evolution springing from separate roots, one grounded in the human world and the other in the natural world. Human beings have, however, become probably the most powerful species shaping evolution today, and human-caused evolution in other species has probably been the most important force shaping human history. This book introduces readers to evolutionary history, a new field that unites history and biology to create a fuller understanding of the past than either can produce on its own. Evolutionary history can stimulate surprising new hypotheses for any field of history and evolutionary biology. How many art historians would have guessed that sculpture encouraged the evolution of tuskless elephants? How many biologists would have predicted that human poverty would accelerate animal evolution? How many military historians would have suspected that plant evolution would convert a counter-insurgency strategy into a rebel subsidy? With examples from around the globe, this book will help readers see the broadest patterns of history and the details of their own life in a new light.

The Moral Lives of Animals

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Author: Dale Peterson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608193462

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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A provocative and brilliantly original exploration of what morality means, and what animals can teach us about it.

Bacteria in Biology, Biotechnology and Medicine

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Author: Paul Singleton

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471988809

Category: Science

Page: 500

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The 5th edition of this very popular introductory textbook covers the key areas of bacteriology, including morphology, multiplication, metabolism, genetics, bacteriophages, classification, and the basic practical procedures used by bacteriologists. Incorporating the many recent advances in all aspects of bacteriology which have arisen since the 4th edition was published, it keeps readers up-to-date with current progress. * Features increased coverage of the basic biology of the bacteria cell; RNA (its different forms and functions); recombinant DNA techniques; and adhesins * Presents a wealth of new material including sections on transposon mutagenesis, bioremediation; VNC (viable but non-cultivable) bacteria; flocculation in the activated sludge process; and chlorohexidine (antiseptic)

Practical Skills in Biology

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Author: Allan M. Jones,Robert H. Reed,Jonathan Weyers,Jonathan D. B. Weyers

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780131755093

Category: Science

Page: 473

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Practical Skills in Biology is an indispensable book for undergraduate students in the life sciences. The book provides useful support at all stages of a degree course and underpins any practical course in biology. It is also a valuable resource for teachers of biology in colleges and secondary schools. Laboratory and field studies are essential components of undergraduate training in biology. Practical work must be fully understood and effectively presented, but many students under-perform because they lack basic laboratory skills. This book, now in its fourth edition, continues to provide students with easy-to-use guidance for laboratory and field studies, but in addition it now covers broader transferable skills. As a result the new edition provides guidance and support over the entire range of a typical undergraduate course in biology.

Basic Bioscience Laboratory Techniques

A Pocket Guide

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Author: Philip L.R. Bonner,Alan J. Hargreaves

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119956447

Category: Science

Page: 232

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This unique, practical, pocket-sized guide and reference provides every first year bioscience student with all they need to know to prepare reagents correctly and perform fundamental laboratory techniques. It also helps them to analyse their data and present their findings, in addition to directing the reader, via a comprehensive list of references, to relevant further reading All of the core bioscience laboratory techniques are covered including: basic calculations and the preparation of solutions; aseptic techniques; microscopy techniques; cell fractionation ; spectrophotometry; chromatography of small and large molecules: electrophoresis of proteins and nucleic acids and data analysis. In addition the book includes clear, relevant diagrams and worked examples of calculations. In short, this is a 'must-have' for all first year bioscience students struggling to get to grips with this vitally important element of their course.

Biochemistry

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Author: Roger L. Miesfeld,Megan M. McEvoy

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393614022

Category: Science

Page: 1190

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Biochemistry promotes understanding of biochemical concepts through highly readable chapters that consistently integrate stunning graphics with text. Its distinctive table of contents highlights how biochemical processes work, and applications to everyday biochemistry ensure that students develop a complete understanding of why biochemistry matters.

Developmental Biology

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Author: Scott F. Gilbert,Michael J. F. Barresi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781605357386

Category:

Page: 500

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Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press. A classic gets a new coauthor and a new approach: Developmental Biology, Eleventh Edition, keeps the excellent writing, accuracy, and enthusiasm of the Gilbert Developmental Biology book, streamlines it, adds innovative electronic supplements, and creates a new textbook for those teaching Developmental Biology to a new generation. Several new modes of teaching are employed in the new Gilbert and Barresi textbook.

The Cell

A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life

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Author: Jack Challoner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022622421X

Category: Science

Page: 192

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The cell is the basic building block of life. In its 3.5 billion years on the planet, it has proven to be a powerhouse, spreading life first throughout the seas, then across land, developing the rich and complex diversity of life that populates the planet today. With The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life, Jack Challoner treats readers to a visually stunning tour of these remarkable molecular machines. Most of the living things we’re familiar with—the plants in our gardens, the animals we eat—are composed of billions or trillions of cells. Most multicellular organisms consist of many different types of cells, each highly specialized to play a particular role—from building bones or producing the pigment in flower petals to fighting disease or sensing environmental cues. But the great majority of living things on our planet exist as single cell. These cellular singletons are every bit as successful and diverse as multicellular organisms, and our very existence relies on them. The book is an authoritative yet accessible account of what goes on inside every living cell—from building proteins and producing energy to making identical copies of themselves—and the importance of these chemical reactions both on the familiar everyday scale and on the global scale. Along the way, Challoner sheds light on many of the most intriguing questions guiding current scientific research: What special properties make stem cells so promising in the treatment of injury and disease? How and when did single-celled organisms first come together to form multicellular ones? And how might scientists soon be prepared to build on the basic principles of cell biology to build similar living cells from scratch.

What is Life?

Investigating the Nature of Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology

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Author: Edward Regis

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195383419

Category: Science

Page: 198

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Erwin Schrödinger's 1944 classic What Is Life? is a small book that occupies a large place among the great written works of the twentieth century. It is said that it helped launch the modern revolution in biology and genetics, and inspired a generation of scientists, including Watson and Crick, to explore the riddle of life itself. Now, more than sixty years later, science writer Ed Regis offers an intriguing look at where this quest stands today. Regis ranges widely here, illuminating many diverse efforts to solve one of science's great mysteries. He examines the genesis of Schrödinger's great book--which first debuted as three public lectures in Dublin--and details the fantastic reception his ideas received, both in Europe and America. Regis also introduces us to the work of a remarkable group of scientists who are attempting literally to create life from scratch, starting with molecular components that they hope to assemble into the world's first synthetic living cell. The book also examines how scientists have unlocked the "three secrets of life," describes the key role played by ATP ("the ultimate driving force of all life"), and outlines the many attempts to explain how life first arose on earth, a puzzle that has given birth to a wide range of theories (which Francis Crick dismissed as "too much speculation running after too few facts"), from the primordial sandwich theory, to the theory that life arose in clay, in deep-sea vents, or in oily bubbles at the seashore, right up to Freeman Dyson's "theory of double origins." Written in a lively and accessible style, and bringing together a wide range of cutting-edge research, What is Life? makes an illuminating contribution to this ancient and ever-fascinating debate.

Managing Scientists

Leadership Strategies in Scientific Research

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Author: Alice M. Sapienza

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471663584

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 246

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This updated edition provides managers with a practical guide focused on the particular management needs for research and development in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. It offers a way to improve the quality of interactions and creativity output in R&D, with real life case studies to illustrate key points.