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Thinking about Biology

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Thinking about Biology Stephen Webster Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); (April 2003) ISBN: 0521599547 AMAZON - US
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 2, 2003
      Thinking about Biology
      Stephen Webster
      Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); (April 2003)
      ISBN: 0521599547
      AMAZON - US
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0521599547/darwinanddarwini
      AMAZON - UK
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0521599547/humannaturecom

      Thinking About Biology is intended for biology students who are
      interested in reflecting on the wider contexts of their studies. The book
      encourages students to see that biology does not deliver certainties; it
      discusses how biological ideas become established facts; it uses history to
      examine how ideas change, and to show that the biological facts that form the
      basis of a biology course are likely to change too. Each chapter is based on
      biological topics, and examines them for their philosophical, social and
      political implications. Topics covered include the role of natural selection in
      evolution, the history of ideas about fertilisation and inheritance,
      vivisection, and reductionism. Genetically modified foods, xenotransplantation,
      eugenics, and genetic testing are some of the controversial subjects discussed.
      Thinking About Biology should be essential reading for all college students
      already taking a biology course, and for those contemplating such a course in
      the future.

      Contents

      Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Facts?; 2. Reductionism; 3.
      Evolution; 4. Biology and animals; 5. Controversies in Biology; 6. Making sense
      of genes; 7. Biology and politics; 8. Research ethics; Index.
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