One of the greatest scientific feats of our era is the astonishing progress made in understanding biology-the intricate machinery of life-a progress to which the period we are living in right now has contributed the most.
As you read these words, researchers are delving ever deeper into the workings of living systems, turning their discoveries into new medical treatments, improved methods of growing food, and innovative products that are already changing the world.
The 72 lectures in this comprehensive exploration of living systems at all levels-from biological molecules to global ecosystems-will give you all the information you need to grasp this fascinating field and its impact on both our own lives and our understanding of the life that surrounds us.
Professor Nowicki presents his subject in a conceptual format, emphasizing the importance of broad principles. Though facts and details are offered in abundance, it is always in the context of developing a context listeners can readily absorb.
Your newfound mastery of the fundamentals of biology will serve you in many ways-whether you want to read the headlines with greater insight, update a subject you studied long ago, view the natural world with new appreciation, become a better-informed voter and consumer, or gain the intellectual stimulation of understanding the basic principles that unite all living things.
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very very interesting, next year I'm starting to study biology in University,
and I wanted a good background for it.
36 half an hour lectures is not possible,
but it was very catching and intresting
The Scope of "Life"
More on the Origin of Life
The Organism and the Cell
Proteins—How Things Get Done in the Cell
Which Molecule Holds the Code?
The Double Helix
The Nuts and Bolts of Replicating DNA
The Central Dogma
The Genetic Code
From DNA to RNA
From RNA to Protein
When Mistakes Happen
Dividing DNA Between Dividing Cells
Mendel and His Pea Plants
How Sex Leads to Variation
Genes and Chromosomes
Charles Darwin and "The Origin of Species"
Natural Selection in Action
Reconciling Darwin and Mendel
Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change
What Are Species and How Do New Ones Arise?
More on the Origin of New Species
The History of Life, Revisited
From Cells to Organisms
Control of Gene Expression I
Control of Gene Expression II
Getting Proteins to the Right Place
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
How Cells Talk—Signals and Receptors
How Cells Talk—Ways That Cells Respond
From One Cell to Many in an Organism
Patterns of Early Development
Determination and Differentiation
Induction and Pattern Formation
Genes and Development
Hormones in Animals
What is Special about Neurons?
Action Potentials and Synapses
Synaptic Integration and Memory
How Muscles Work
The Innate Immune System
The Acquired Immune System
Form and Function in Plants I
Form and Function in Plants II
Behavior as an Adaptive Trait
Energy and Resources in Living Systems
How Energy is Harnessed by Cells
Enzymes—Making Chemistry Work in Cells
Cellular Currencies of Energy
Making ATP—Cellular Respiration
Making ATP—The Chemiosmotic Theory
Capturing Energy from Sunlight
The Reactions of Photosynthesis
Resources and Life Histories
The Structure of Populations
What Limits Population Growth?
Costs and Benefits of Behavior
Altruism and Mate Selection
Ecological Interactions Among Species
Predators and Competitors
Competition and the Ecological Niche
Energy in Ecosystems
Nutrients in Ecosystems
How Predictable Are Ecological Communities?
Human Population Growth
The Human Asteroid
The book has a lot of scientific information helpful in getting a good grasp in introductory Biology. It has been helpful in repeating and revising the material learned in a university class and a great addition to the regular text book. I would recommend it to students, especially those who commute to school as a supplemental material.
The course is both wide and deep, and presents a good review material.
Very knowledgeable and passionate, carries the listener away into the scientific world.
Emotions are not a part of scientific approach.
Best use of your time if you are into the material presented.
One of the best audio books I have listened to. Every learned something from every chapter. A must listen for beginners or anyone interested in biology!
"Biology brought to life!"
This series of lectures is written and read in such a lively, engaging manner, its a pleasure to listen to and promotes effortless learning. I have been hoping in earnest for a series like this to appear (vast improvement over the lacklustre modern scholar title I tried previously) and I can't wait to sample other courses in the series.
The professor - whose performance is bright and bouncy enough to carry you the distance with his enthusiasm- gives an extremely well structured overview of the life sciences, pitched at about A level. I am fairly familiar with the material but It is suitable for those with limited knowledge of the subject- however such a reader might need to supplement their learning with diagrams from books to gain a more complete understanding of some topics.
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