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Science as a Way of Knowing: The Foundations of Modern Biology (1993)

by John A. Moore

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Subtitled "The Foundations of Modern Biology". This is a book of deep learning in the biological sciences, devoted to the history of biology. It is organized in four parts. Part One, Understanding Nature, discusses the birth of biology in Aristotle, the stifling of scientific advance by the advent of the religious world view in the dark ages, and the beginnings of revival with the use of the microsope in the seventeenth century. Moore is very wise in his identification of descriptive and theoretical approaches to science, but his historical surveys lack some of the nuance supplied by modern historiography. The second part is on evolution, and is interesting in the tests of Darwin's hypotheses, and is more an argument than the rest of the book. The third part, on classical genetics, was fascinating in its description of how cytology and crossing experiments came together to make the modern view of genetics possible. Crossing experiments in drosophila (Thomas Hunt Morgan) provided the theoretical basis for how genes assort and generate phenotypes, while the cytologists identified the chromosome and the basis of how a cell mechanisms perform the genetic sort. The final part is on embryology and differentiation, again a classical perspective from experiments early in the century. ( )
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This volume is dedicated with the deepest thanks to my wife, Betty C. Moore, and to my friend and associate in science for nearly half a century, Ingrith Deyrup-Olsen. It would never have been produced without their constant encouragement, support, and advice based on their critical knowledge of the biological sciences.
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(Preface): We generally think of the Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as the movement that shaped the modern world.
(Introduction): Nearly 4 billion years ago, in the violent millennia of the Hadean world, some organic molecules achieved the ability to make more of themselves from the simpler chemical substances of the primeval seas in which they occurred.
The natural world on which all life depends has been an enigma over the long course of human history.
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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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