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Replacement for Campbell's Biology

  1. Nov 8, 2009 #1
    I'm using Campbell's Biology*and I'm really sort of sick of it and wondering if there are better alternatives to it.

    What do you guys think? Am I alone on this one?
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  3. Nov 8, 2009 #2
    If you want to find an appropriate replacement, I'd recommend specifying what about the book you dislike. Do you want more mathematics? A more unified approach to biology? More emphasis on a certain topic?
  4. Nov 8, 2009 #3
    I want a more unified approach to biology to help me understand the concepts, I feel Campbell is basically piling information upon information and forgetting the broad concepts of things that make Biology interesting. It goes from being an interesting field to a list of details and facts needed for regurgitation on exams.

    I want to learn Biology, not learn a bunch of facts.
  5. Nov 8, 2009 #4
    A good alternative to Campbell is "Life: The Science of biology", but Im afraid you will find it as full of information as Campbell. Both are very good at concepts, IMO. My personal preference leans toward "Life:...".

    If you study biology by yourself perhaps a good way is to look in the curriculum offered by some universities for introductory biology courses and follow a similar path with your readings. Campbell is widely used so perhaps you can even find readings with page numbers on internet for some courses.
  6. Nov 9, 2009 #5
    I think I have the same problem with Campbell. However, when I really get myself to read it, it is interesting, but time consuming. Once it gets time consuming it turns you off.

    I have seen people use the book https://www.amazon.com/Biology-Life-Earth-Gerald-Audesirk/dp/0131005065 and like it. It has been recommended above. I found it alright.
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