Know It All Biology

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

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Pub Date 01 Sep 2017 | Archive Date 27 Mar 2018


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.

The Know It All takes a revolutionary approach to learning about the subjects you really feel you should understand but have never gotten around to studying. Each book 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.

Other titles in this series include: Know It All Anthropology, Know It All Classical Music, Know It All Energy, Know It All Fashion, Know It All Great Inventions, Know It All Jazz, Know It All Medicine, Know It All Shakespeare, Know It All Whiskey, Know It All Wine, Space In 30 Seconds, Sports in 30 Seconds.
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...

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Love these types of books. Lots of easy to understand information!

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An authoritative, yet utterly accessible, guide to the inner workings of all living things presented in a way that firmly places biology within the grasp of everyone.

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This kind of book are always interesting. We learn a lot of things very usefull. I know nothing at biology. Now I can talk of it. This book give me the impression that I know thing. The presentation of that book is very great and beautiful. Thank you.

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A book for those of us that have always had trouble becoming interested in the Natural Sciences. The book presents seven topics (Life, Genes, Genes to Organisms, Growth and Reproduction, Energy and Nutrition, Evolution, and Ecology). Every topic has a glossary, the biography of an outstanding Biologist, and a chapter discussing a controversial point related to that topic. The topics are divided into subtopics; for instance, some of Life’s subtopics are Origins of Life, Bacteria, Fungi, Plants, and Animals. Every subtopic contains a short but concise explanation, and the name of an expert on that specific subject. Obviously, this book’s purpose is not an in-depth discussion of Biology; I believe this book is designed to capture the reader’s attention and prompt him/her to explore more. The book offers the reader different points where to start their search; for instance, the list of books and websites presented at the end of the book. Lastly, right before the index, the book gives its readers short biographies of its editors and contributors. I thought this was a nice touch as this is a book that is trying to present readers with a variety of opportunities to search and learn more about its contents. I received a free copy via NetGalley.

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Beautifully concise book of biology's basic tenets. I really enjoy the easy to access format: from quick trivia to more in-depth discussions. A fun and educational book that is beautifully presented!

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Great introduction to biology
Much like the chemistry and inventions books in this series, the contributors and editors created a fun, easy to read introduction to biology. All the explanations are clear and written in a conversational tone. And each entry is accompanied by a beautiful illustration. Even though I have a strong biology background, I still found the overview provided by the book to be fun and I recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about biology.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley for review purposes.

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Struck Me As A Bit More Advanced Than Others in The Series

I'm a fan of the Know-It-All series, and have found all of the books to be either good introductions, (the more basic and general ones), or decent refreshers, (the more advanced ones). This Biology volume is the most advanced of the books I've tried. It's certainly not at all beyond a general reader, but because of its brief and stripped down treatments of a wide range of topics it seems to me that some prior familiarity with the topics would probably be useful. That said, careful reading will be rewarding for any level of reader.

The book has an interesting, little bit of everything, sort of structure. We start with basic life forms, and the discussion of viruses, archaea, bacteria, protists, and fungi, might seem daunting. But once the reader has that under his belt the book opens up a bit. The discussion of genes is especially well done, and will get DNA and RNA firmly back into your understanding. Moving from genes to organisms to growth & reproduction was also a nice organizing choice, and using that as a leadup to energy and nutrition struck me as a logical progression. The book wraps up with evolution and then ecology, which is, of course, currently pertinent.

The blurbs have you, supposedly, dominating dinner-party debates thanks to what you'll learn here. Well. I haven't recently had any bitter disputes over the Sunday roast about mitosis, but O.K.. On the other hand, in a world of cloning, gene-splicing, genetically modified foods, ecologic concern and nutrition wars, this book offers one a nice grounding. I found it useful, interesting, and rewarding.

(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

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The general concepts of biology explained in an easy and faster way. The bibliography is included. This is a good book to keep in high school libraries and universities. Good companion for 101 biology classes.

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A great book about basic biology to teach our kids .........

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This is a great series of books. They give a snap chat of information at a glance and would make a great addition to a coffee table book collection in any home.

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All of the Know-It-All series of books are excellent! Each of them gives a synopsis of the most important things to know on the topic in a brief but well-laid-out manner, and Biology is no exception! These books are a good introduction or a good review, as well as a starting place for discovering which topics you'd like to learn more about afterwards -- and then you can get a more in-depth book on just that topic.

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