Know It All Biology

Know It All Biology by Nicholas H. Battey and Mark Fellowes

The 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Biology, Each Explained in Under a Minute

Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781577151593
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
Series: Know It All
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Dive into the gene pool and understand all the basics of biology with Know It All Biology. You'll have a scientific groundwork in less than a minute!

The Know-It-All series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about the subjects you really feel you should understand but have never gotten around to studying. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one picture, all digestible in under a minute. 

Know-It-All Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the natural world, this is the fastest route to an understanding of the tree of life.

Whether you’re dipping into the gene pool, unlocking cells, or conversing on biodiversity, this is all the knowledge you need to bring life to any dinner-party debate.

Nicholas Battey is a Professor of Plant Development at the University of Reading whose expertise lies in pure and applied plant biology as well as a strong interest in the history of biology on wildlife.

Mark Fellowes is a Professor of Ecology at the University of Reading whose research interests include insect ecology and the effects of urbanization.

Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781577151593
Series: Know It All
Illustrations: color photos
Size: 7 in x 9 in / 177.8 mm x 228.6 mm
Foreword 6–7
Introduction 8–11
Life 12–33
16 What is life?
18 Prokaryotes vs Eukaryotes
20 Viruses
22 Profile: Lynn Margulis
24 Bacteria & Archea
26 Fungi
28 Plants
30 Animals
32 Controversy: synthetic life
Growth & Reproduction 34–51
38 Mitosis & meiosis
40 Development: animal
42 Development: plant
44 Reproduction: animals
46 Reproduction: plants
48 Profile: Elizabeth Blackburn
50 Controversy: GM organisms
Genetics 52–69
56 DNA, RNA & chromatin
58 Mendelian genetics
60 Population genetics
62 Epigenetics
64 Genomics
66 Profile: Bill Hamilton
68 Controversy: Genetic prediction of disease susceptibility
From Genes to Organisms 70–91
74 Transcription & translation
76 Protein structure & function
78 Profile: Harald zur Hausen
80 Cell communication & hormones
82 Immunity
84 Neurons & the nervous system
86 Muscles
88 Circulatory system
90 Controversy: stem cells for replacement organisms
Energy & Nutrition 92–109
96 Energy flow: ATP, respiration
98 Profile: Norman Borlaug
100 Photosynthesis
102 Metabolism
104 Nutrition
106 Excretion
108 Controversy: Cellulose & biofuels
Evolution 110–131
114 Microevolution
116 Macroevolution
118 Sexual selection
120 Coevolution
122 Profile: Charles Darwin
124 Mutualisms
126 Behaviour
128 Language
130 Controversy: Why we age
Ecology 132–153
136 Biogeography – biomes
138 Population ecology
140 Food webs
142 Global energy flow
144 Profile: Bob May
146 Climate change biology
148 Invasive species
150 Extinction
152 Controversy: the Anthropocene
Notes on Contributors 154–55
Resources 156–57
Index 158–59
Acknowledgements 160