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Comments from reviewers and users of Exploring the Way Life Works - the Science of Biology

“Exploring the Way Life Works is an ambitious attempt to explain the central concepts of biology - from the human genome to the formation of an embryo from an egg - through beautifully illustrated analogies to everyday life. Many of these analogies are unforgettable. Thus, for example, if a multi-cellular organism like ourselves were the size of North America, each of our cells would be the size of an ocean liner formed from simple molecular subunits the size of a marble. The authors are to be congratulated for taking a fresh look at how we teach biology. Co-written by a distinguished scientist and a skilled artist, this is a completely new type of textbook that is both scientifically accurate and stunning to look at.”
  Bruce Alberts, President,
National Academy of Sciences


"Exploring the Way Life Works intelligently and charmingly strips away the veil of ignorance that too long has separated the student from the molecules that make possible life and its evolution into the grandeur of today's multitudinous life forms."

  James D. Watson, Nobel Laureate,
Author of The Double Helix
President, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

"Exploring The Way Life Works - the Science of Biology responds to a critical need in science education. Accolades to the innovative and creative writers and illustrator of this book for compiling a sensible and pedagogically sound text that makes what has been difficult to learn and easy to forget something wonderfully complex and meaningful. With clarity and intelligence, Exploring the Way Life Works challenges its users to learn concepts that interconnect with one another and to do so with a sense of wonder and discovery. The text works for my students and has planted the seed for additional interest in science….

…My education majors found Exploring the Way Life Works important in their understanding of complex facts and concepts they would normally memorize and later forget. Now they have a deeper understanding of what they learned in a more visualizable and meaningful way. Several have been inspired to learn more science because of the sensible, creative and lasting content of the text."

  David Harbster
2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
Professor of Biology,
Paradise Valley Community College
NABT Biology Teacher of the Year
NSTA Science Teaching Recognition Award (STAR)

"With the creation of the double helix model for DNA, Watson and Crick helped students of biology at all levels toward a better understanding of biology. Hoagland, Dodson and Hauck have created analogies, models, and examples of the critical concepts at the foundation of the life sciences to present the story of the way life works. Just as the first model of the double helix generated excitement in the world of science, I predict that students everywhere will appreciate the "picture" of biology presented in Exploring The Way Life Works. I have been using The Way Life Works in a non-majors biology course for over three years. I am excited about using the newly revised and expanded edition of this most important life science resource in my classes in the coming years."

  John Beaver
Director of Science Education
School of Education
Western Illinois University
"I have really enjoyed previewing these chapters, and I look forward to the release of the text. I think The Way Life Works is going to be a great text for our non-majors course. After an extensive search for a suitable text, I concluded there really is no other text out there that truly focuses on concepts rather than details. This is not yet another shortened version of majors' text. Instead, it focuses on the basic ideas needed by any educated citizen and on the process of science. Furthermore, The Way Life Works is interesting. I expect that the fascinating examples and the recurring themes in the text will make biology more enjoyable and relevant to my students. I particularly like the unique analogies that are found throughout the text. The analogies present concepts in a way that will really increase student understanding. (I even ran across a web site for middle school teachers that recommended the donut shop analogy from The Way Life Works as a way to teach protein synthesis). The Way Life Works is fun, but it also accurately covers all of the information needed by non-majors and does a fantastic job of exposing them to the experiments that are the foundation of science."

"The text is working really well for me thus far. The students performed better on their first test then they had in past semesters, and they seem more interested in the course."

  Amy Handshoe
Hazard Community College
"Great science is all about storytelling: it involves constructing meaningful narratives to explain the world and then using these stories as tools in further exploration. Likewise, great science teaching requires the storyteller's gifts. Exploring The Way Life Works does a masterful job exploring biological processes as stories without in any way diluting or misrepresenting the underlying science. In fact, the combination of crisp and energetic writing, well-chosen analogies, and clear diagrams helps the reader understand difficult material the way scientists do all the time -- as a set of narratives. This is a book that will motivate, instruct, and -- amazing to say for a biology book -- entertain."
  Jeff Goodman
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Appalachian State University
Reich College of Education
"I can't remember when I've been more impressed by the elegance and clarity of a basic text. It's just wonderful front to back, and beautifully illustrated. Things are clear, the notion of scale and structure is everywhere, all the right "themes" of science pedagogy are in place, and the writing is straightforward and lucid."
  Kevin Padian
President, National Center for Science Education
Professor and Curator
University of California, Berkeley

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