Science as a Way of Knowing: The Foundations of Modern Biology

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For the past twenty-five years John Moore has taught biology instructors how to teach biology—by emphasizing the questions people have asked about life through the ages and the ways natural philosophers and scientists have sought the answers. This book makes Moore's uncommon wisdom available to students in a lively and richly illustrated account of the history and workings of life. Employing a breadth of rhetoric strategies—including vividly written case histories, hypotheses and deductions, and chronological narrative—Science as a Way of Knowing provides not only a cultural history of biology but also a splendid introduction to the procedures and values of science.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
From the Greeks onward, our written records show that humankind has tried to answer ``simple'' questions--what is life, how does it reproduce, and why is there such diversity in plants and animals. Moore, professor emeritus of biology at the University of California at Riverside, traces these questions in history (primarily the 19th and 20th centuries) and their partial solution by biology. The result is a lucid, lengthy intellectual history of biology into which is woven information on geology, theology, people, equipment, and lab technique. Moore clearly explains biological terms, and he uses illustrations in the second part to help clarify biological processes. Much of this material appeared previously in eight essays in the American Zoologist . Recommended for all collections. --Michael D. Cramer, Viriginia Polytechnic & State Univ. Libs., Blacksburg
Booknews
For the past 25 years, the author has taught biology instructors how to teach biology by emphasizing the questions people have asked about life through the ages and the ways natural philosophers and scientists have sought answers. This work makes his uncommon wisdom available to students in a lively and richly illustrated account of the history and workings of life. Employs rhetoric strategies including case histories, hypotheses and deductions, and chronological narrative, providing a cultural history of biology and an introduction to the procedures and values of science. Includes b&w historical illustrations, and b&w photos of artifacts. The author is a professor of biology at UC-Riverside, and has written many textbooks in genetics and development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Nature
This volume is a worthy addition to the literature on the history of biology. It explains the foundations of evolution, genetics, and development and the logic behind scientific enquiry with a clarity that will put most writers of...textbooks to shame. It both demystifies science and exalts it.
New Scientist
To pen a single volume embracing the entire history and present compass of ideas about life and its evolution, from the cave art of Lascaux to the molecular genetics of today, is a formidable undertaking. To tell the developing story of biological thought as an illustration of the principles and methods of scientific enquiry in a much broader sense compounds the task. John Moore...has fulfilled these aims amply in a work of enormous scope. He has informed his book with wit, a gentle humanism, and considerable charm. Science as a Way of Knowing may well become a classic.
Science News
Emphasizing not just the steady accumulation of understanding but also the way in which understanding was achieved, Moore traces biology from its beginnings in ancient cultures, especially that of Greece, to its emergence as a modern scientific discipline. In sections covering the changing conception of nature in general, evolution, genetics, and organismal development, Moore's selection of case studies and hypotheses builds into a narrative account of the reason's biologists think as they do.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674794801
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Moore was the author of numerous textbooks in genetics and development and Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of California, Riverside.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Understanding Nature 9
1 The Antecedents of Scientific Thought 11
2 Aristotle and the Greek View of Nature 30
3 Those Rational Greeks? 43
4 The Judeo-Christian Worldview 59
5 The Revival of Science 77
6 Figur'd Stones and Plastick Virtue 102
Pt. 2 The Growth of Evolutionary Thought 129
7 The Paradigm of Evolution 131
8 Testing Darwin's Hypotheses 148
9 In the Light of Evolution 171
10 Life over Time 192
Pt. 3 Classical Genetics 231
11 Pangenesis 233
12 The Cell Theory 252
13 The Hypothesis of Chromosomal Continuity 265
14 Mendel and the Birth of Genetics 285
15 Genetics + Cytology: 1900-1910 302
16 The Genetics of the Fruit Fly 328
17 The Structure and Function of Genes 360
Pt. 4 The Enigma of Development 385
18 First Principles 387
19 The Century of Discovery 403
20 Descriptive Embryology 419
21 The Dawn of Analytical Embryology 442
22 Interactions during Development 470
Conclusion 501
Further Reading 507
References 509
Illustration Credits 523
Index 525
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