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4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,228 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
With an extraordinary reputation for authority and accuracy, this landmark biology text continues to be an invaluable learning partner for students and teachers. The authors focus on the "big ideas" of biology: each chapter is organized around key concepts that build in a logical way, and are clearly explained and reinforced by the text discussion and illustration. The str ...more
Hardcover, 1101 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company (first published 1987)
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Pubudu The nervous system is the part of an animal's body that coordinates its voluntary and involuntary actions and transmits signals to and from different…moreThe nervous system is the part of an animal's body that coordinates its voluntary and involuntary actions and transmits signals to and from different parts of its body. In vertebrate species it consists of two main parts, the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS contains the brain and spinal cord. The PNS consists mainly of nerves, which are enclosed bundles of the long fibers or axons, that connect the CNS to every other part of the body(less)
Sanders Kaufman I'm using it as a study guide for taking the Bioloy I & II CLEP test.
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Andrew Hunt
Jun 01, 2012 Andrew Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, not just students
Recommended to Andrew by: AP Biology
This is the book that got me to the semifinals of the USA Biology Olympiad. That I did not progress further is user error; the authors of this superb text certainly held up their part of the bargain.

As a textbook, it gets 5 stars. This isn't just a biology textbook, it's the biology textbook - I can see how it has achieved its reputation. It can double as exercise equipment, is part encyclopedia, and is over 1300 pages, but it still manages to feel concise and approachable. The authors/editors w
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Laura
Nov 28, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reference for life.
Dirk Bro
Dec 25, 2013 Dirk Bro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It reads almost as easily as a novel. It's a page turner. It leaves you feeling blown away by all the details that we as mankind have learned about nature. The order of how the concepts and facts are introduced are part of what makes this book great. You read about how we have come to understood it and you get a glimpse of what is yet to be discovered. It makes you appreciate and get a feel for the complexity of life. It is written in such a way that anyone with a good proficiency in English can ...more
Adam Morva
Feb 03, 2013 Adam Morva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Campbell's Biology is an EXTREMELY incredible book.

Even if you know NOTHING about biology, but you are interested in biology the book will make it possible for you to master all the concepts to create a firm basis.

If you are already a student of biology it will help you crystallize what you already know, it will help you give your knowledge a good structure and refresher course.

Everything is explained extremely well. The questions at the end of chapters help you test your mastery of the topics.
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Nadira
May 24, 2011 Nadira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love this book. Not just because I had to memorize all the pages for my Biology exams in my freshman year of college, but the pictures are beautiful too so I really enjoyed studying it. And because of this book, Biology becomes my favorite subject of all time. Oh, wait, that's why I'm taking biology as my major haha
Douglas Oswald
Sep 27, 2012 Douglas Oswald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the best bio textbook I've read and presents clear and detailed information on the broad scope and history of biology to students in a remarkably approachable fashion. Highly recommended for a student of biology, biology classroom, or even for reference or purely interest oriented reading.
Liam Olive
100 hours and 5 years off my life due to sleep deprivation I'll never get back
William Ni
Jan 24, 2014 William Ni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have ever read. Couldn't sleep until I finish all the chapters
Alex Miao
Mar 06, 2017 Alex Miao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The definitive study material for all high school biology competitions. The textbook is written in a slightly informal tone that keeps the book readable. Diagrams are strategically dispersed throughout the chapters to supplement and clarify text.

Having read both the 7th and 9th editions, I found that the 9th edition was well edited to contain more up-to-date information but there was some crucial information left out that was in the 7th edition. In particular the 9th edition omits a chart of th
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Kaion
Aug 22, 2010 Kaion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, school
I wasn't going to review Biology by Neil A. Campbell, because well...
1. It's ubiquitous.
2. I studied from the sixth edition in high school for Biology AP and the eighth edition for first-year Biology, and while I read it, there were definitely places I didn't because I didn't have to or didn't want to or I fell asleep or I briefly wanted a social life.
3. Where the hell do I get off thinking I am expert enough to review a first-year textbook about biology?

But then, I remembered:
1. Until those fre
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Zehra
Feb 22, 2016 Zehra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for National Biology Olympics. My instructor always reminded me this is a key book but I just thought this book doesn't cover the subjects that Olympics require many more details. However I followed her advice or maybe I just enjoyed the book. This book provides you critical thinking skills about global health issues such as the problem of flu pandemics, Thalidomide drugs, legal issues, social affects etc. and solution-oriented approach on these issues. The drugs based on artific ...more
Daniel
Jan 20, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, so I haven't read the entire 1350+ pages. I've ONLY read the ~400 related to the course I'm teaching (the first three units), but this is a very well -written text, they explain rather complex biological processes in a simple and logical progression and manner. Out of the opening 22 chapters my only issue is that they don't consider prokaryotes to have a cytoskeleton. But, on the plus side they treat prokaryotes very well in other sections, such as transcription/translation, making accurate ...more
Stephanie Leon
Feb 20, 2012 Stephanie Leon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book my first year of college, paid over $200 for it, but it's the only textbook I wouldn't consider selling. It's definitely worth every penny. Now as a senior in collegeI use it every now and then as a refresher or to double check anything I'm having second-thoughts on. It's a great book, very useful illustrations, and extremely clear. Dr. Campbell Received his PhD in plant biology at UCR, which is where I'm getting my bachelor's in entomology, and it's nice to see his pictures a ...more
Katka R.
Samozrejme, takmer 1400 strán anglickej biológie som určite neprečítala. A je to vlastne niečo ako učebnica, no čerpám z nej informácie, takže by asi bolo blbé zaradiť ju do to-read, keď ju súvisle od začiatku do konca nikdy čítať nebudem. Každopádne, je to skvelá učebná pomôcka pre štúdium biológie a myslím si, že poslúži aj tým, ktorí sa len tak zaujímajú o biologiu. Je to prehľadné, angličtina je prístupná (a odborná názvy sme vlastne väčšinou prebrali z angličtiny, takže nie je problém poroz ...more
Rex
Sep 09, 2007 Rex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks
Perhaps the most well-written texbook ever.
Meghna Gupta
May 02, 2015 Meghna Gupta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text-books
The illustrations and the diagrams made the concepts soo easier. Best Book Ever for Undergraduates !
Jessica
Oct 10, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, for-recs
This book never fails to inform in a thorough and understandable manner. It's not only incredibly useful and fascinating, but a surprisingly readable text.
Afiq Asyran
Nov 20, 2010 Afiq Asyran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Bible for those taking the life science as diplome, bachelor degree. I would say this book really build your foundation in life science.
Blue Riding Hood
:) خب ، بله دخترم ... دوم دبیرستان مادرت کلا با این کتاب گذشت
Kathryn
Excellence.

The most complete and accurate chemistry book I've ever stumbled upon!
Yasaman A
Aug 23, 2014 Yasaman A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
amazing book I read as a high school student. it is actually the reason I got inreresred in biology and that passion is still existing
Izzati Masri
was the most interesting book i have read ever...
thax SO much ,hannah =p
Theresa
Goodbye, Campbell Biology, I will always remember you (because you will always be in my bookcase I guess).
Luce
Oct 15, 2016 Luce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-books, 2015, 2016
POR FIN!
Tyas
Aug 21, 2008 Tyas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone taking Biology classes.
“We were offered the 8th edition of Campbell’s Biology,” My editor said to me. “I observed that there are many changes compared to the last edition we published – the 5th. I decided to take the license of the 8th edition. Would you like to translate it?”

I got involved with Campbell’s Biology first as a student, and later as a freelancer student working as a proofreader for the Indonesian publisher of the book. The sales of the book, which is probably the most authoritative and popular Biology 10
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Ashley
Jun 26, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon entering my first year of Biochemistry at University, I immediately brought this textbook. It's probably one of the most mainstream out there, and it was listed as a recommended book by the university. I used it sporadically throughout the year, but many instances were only as an easy reference for coursework.

As a basis of biology, it gives a solid ground review of many of the concepts you'll encounter and is fairly indispensable for a student studying their A-levels/First year of universit
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Xander
Jan 09, 2017 Xander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read units I (building blocks), II (the cell), III (genetics), IV (evolution) and parts of the rest of the book (I skipped the parts on bacteria, archaea and invertebrates). So I guess my judgement is based on an incomplete reading, but nonetheless I'm impressed by the scope and depth of this book.

The authors describe all fields of biology with an amazing accessibility, even though sometimes you have to remind yourself not to delve to deep in some detail (instead of following the main 'st
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Kate
Jun 08, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was my high school biology textbook, and it's still one of my favourite books to just have around. I'm a bit sad to leave it in a box these days. It's thorough, but understandable, with genuinely helpful study questions.

Excellent prep for the subject SATs and IB HLs, but more importantly, just a really good resource for learning the basics of bio. A lot of colleges use it for their intro courses as well; if you've got the concepts in this book down, you might be able to test your way out o
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Shana Feltham
I included this biology text book in my top five because I believe that it grasps at the very essence of who I am. My dad has a passion for science and research that he transferred over to me at a pretty young age. Growing up if I ever wanted to learn anything I was given a computer, books, and told “If you want your answer, go find it.” Through the years, what I ended up finding was my love for science. As I continued to peruse science, I found a particular love for biology. The inner workings ...more
Sid
Jan 24, 2017 Sid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Campbell's Biology is an excellent biology textbook that covers everything from the basics of the cell to Genetics and everything in between. This textbook included cell biology, genetics, evolution, plants and ecology. This textbook had several diagrams and pictures on almost every page. This was one aspect I really liked because it allowed me to visualize the complicated topics that were in this textbook. I also liked how there were many analogies in the book that allowed me to understand ...more
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