"Prepare to be awed. This broad overview includes 432 alphabetically arranged entries written by some 200 impressive contributors, tied together through major themes, notably molecular genetics, biotechnology, human physiology, and biodiversity...Most boast a magnificently rendered and full-color illustration or photograph, accurately depicting parts and processes ranging from the submicroscopic to the global, as well as sidebar discussions and highlights of scientific achievements of noted individuals...There have been major advances in the field in the past 20 years, and it is amazing to behold and, even better to begin to understand its incredibly abstract and complicated brave new worlds. This is a visual and scientific treat and a glorious addition to any library."
-- School Library Journal (August 2002)
"Suitable for high school and above, this four-volume reference provides a broad introduction to the many facets of biology, and concentrates in depth on a smaller number of central ideas and phenomena that are central to all biological processes. The 432 entries also discuss the history of the science, explore related fields, critical issues such as embryogenesis and commercial applications of bological research, and ethical issues. One of the major themes is molecular genetics, from genes and chromosomes to cloning and the Human Genome Project. Other topics include human physiology; comparative animal and plant physiology; health issues important to students such as smoking, alcohol, and sexually transmitted diseases; animal and plant diversity, and major environmental challenges. Entries range in length from a few paragraphs to several pages, and contain suggestions for further reading. Other features include definitions, color illustrations, and glossaries and topic outlines in each volume."
-- Book News, Inc (June 2002)
"Part of the Macmillan Science Library series, Biology serves students from middle school to the undergraduate level. ...The eye-pleasing layout features many colorful photographs and diagrams that will appeal to casual browsers, and the articles contain more than enough information to meet the needs of students. This informative set is highly recommended and would be a useful addition to a middle - or high-school library as well as a public library."
-- Booklist ( June 2002)
"Geared to high school and undergraduate levels, this color-illustrated reference has the strength of interdisciplinarity: coverage encompasses animal development, behavior, ecology, and issues."
-- SciTech Book News (June 2002)
"A look at the table of contents of this four-volume set quickly convinces one that we are looking at a reference set designed for AP biology students in high school, or at least advanced students who are looking for an intermediate reference source -- just beyond a solid textbook, but below an in-depth treatment. ... Thus, as an intermediate reference for more advanced high school biology students, this set is recommended."
-- Reference Reviews on galegroup.com (April 2002)