Quantity Pack Biology: How Life Works 2e & LaunchPad for Biology: How Life Works (Twenty-Four Month Access)
Second Edition   ©2017

Biology: How Life Works 2e & LaunchPad for Biology: How Life Works (Twenty-Four Month Access)

James Morris (Brandeis University) , Daniel Hartl (Harvard University) , Andrew Knoll (Harvard University) , Robert Lue (Harvard University) , Melissa Michael (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Andrew Berry (Harvard University) , Andrew Biewener (Harvard University) , Brian Farrell (Harvard University) , N. Michele Holbrook (Harvard University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-06779-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-06779-3; Format: Quantity Pack

The authors of How Life Works use six themes to guide decisions about which concepts to include and how to organize them. The themes provide a framework that helps students see biology as a set of connected concepts rather than disparate facts.

  • The scientific method is a deliberate way of asking and answering questions about the natural world.
  • Life works according to fundamental principles of chemistry and physics.
  • The fundamental unit of life is the cell.
  • Evolution explains the features that organisms share and those that set them apart.  
  • Organisms interact with one another and with their physical environment, shaping ecological systems that sustain life.
  • In the 21st century, humans have become major agents in ecology and evolution.

How Life Works is not a reference for all of biology, but rather a resource focused on foundational concepts, terms, and experiments. It explains fundamental topics carefully, with an appropriate amount of supporting detail, so that students leave an introductory biology class with a framework on which to build.

How Life Works moves away from minimally related chapters to provide guidance on how concepts connect to one another and the bigger picture. Across the book, key concepts such as chemistry are presented in context and Cases and Visual Synthesis Figures throughout provide a framework for connecting and assimilating information.