Original German edition published by Elsevier GmbH, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2003
2006, XIV, 295 p.
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With hundreds of tables and over 10,000 entries anyone who works or studies in the life sciences or those with a curious mind will find exact answers to many questions requiring comparative data. This book is a clearly laid out presentation of the plain facts of life from all areas of biology. None of those figures or superlatives that might seem exotic to the layman is left out. Biology comes alive by this comprehensive references work.
From the reviews of the previous versions:
"A must, not only for everyone interested in biology but also for all parents `Hey Mom, how long does an XX live?´, or as supplementary material for general education ..", Biotec
" For many years the book ... belongs to the indispensable tools of university teachers and lecturers in the biosciences. But also biology teachers will find stimulating ideas for their lessons; the book also makes it easy for scientists to categorize their own research results fast and correctly…", Annals of Anatomy
"Facts and figures that not only inform but also entertain ..", Focus
"Do you know …
that the fastest animal is the ...
that your hair grows ... millimeter per day
that a flea can jump ... meter
the number of wingbeats per second of a hummingbird
the largest and heaviest animal
the root depth of desert grape vine
the lifespan of a spruce needle
the threshold in humans for smelling Vanilla
the daily oxygen intake of the human lung
the daily loss of neurons in the human nervous system ... ?"
A Table is worth a thousand words
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »Botany - Human Biology - biology - botanics - development - life sciences - metabolism - microbiology - nervous system - zoology