Thinking about Biology

Thinking about Biology

by StephenWebster (Author)


Thinking about Biology is intended for biology students who are interested in reflecting on the wider contexts of their studies. This 2003 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.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 03 Apr 2003

ISBN 10: 0521599547
ISBN 13: 9780521599542
Book Overview: A short, readable 2003 textbook that is about the philosophical, social and political aspects of biology.

Media Reviews
Webster provides a thought-provoking view of the traditional ideas about biologic science and then goes a step further in discussing the ethical and political consequences of biology.... this lively and controversial collection of readings will make the theories of biology much more alive. Choice
Author Bio
Stephen Webster is a member of the Science Communication Group in Imperial College, London.