I will be starting a double degree in neuroscience and mathematics very soon, and I realised that an understanding of human biology can really help me out, and so I'm looking for an introductory level biology textbook that also covers things in great detail. I have no background in biology whatsoever.

Also, am I supposed to learn about the biology of plants for example before diving into human biology or can I just get started with human biology straightway.

By the way, I'm not looking for a biology textbook that has a mathematical approach, just the traditional approach can suffice.


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  • $\begingroup$ Book recommendations are off topic for the biology stack exchange $\endgroup$ – De Novo Jun 27 '18 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ Will you be an undergraduate student? $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jun 27 '18 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ @BryanKrause yes $\endgroup$ – Cbb7 Jun 27 '18 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ Presumably with those majors you will take a general biology course your first year, and subsequent courses in genetics, cell biology, and physiology most likely your second year. Each will come with an a textbook no doubt. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jun 27 '18 at 21:42
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    $\begingroup$ I never said Purves > Kandel just adding it to the list :) @DanHall I haven't personally used Kandel ever but have certainly heard good things. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jun 29 '18 at 6:43