Thinking about Biology
- Thinking about Biology
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); (April 2003)
AMAZON - US
AMAZON - UK
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
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.