Guinea Pig's History of Biology: the Plants and Animals Who Taught Us the Facts of Life
List price: $23.50
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee
If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.
Learn more about our returns policy
Description: "Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved," Darwin famously concluded The Origin of Species, and for confirmation we look to...the guinea pig? How this curious creature and others as humble (and as fast-breeding) have helped unlock the mystery of inheritance is the unlikely story Jim Endersby tells in this book.Biology today promises everything from better foods or cures for common diseases to the alarming prospect of redesigning life itself. Looking at the organisms that have made all this possible gives us a new way of understanding how we got here--and perhaps of thinking about where we're going. Instead of a history of which great scientists had which great ideas, this story of passionflowers and hawkweeds, of zebra fish and viruses, offers a bird's (or rodent's) eye view of the work that makes science possible.Mixing the celebrities of genetics, like the fruit fly, with forgotten players such as the evening primrose, the book follows the unfolding history of biological inheritance from Aristotle's search for the "universal, absolute truth of fishiness" to the apparently absurd speculations of eighteenth-century natural philosophers to the spectacular findings of our day--which may prove to be the absurdities of tomorrow.The result is a quirky, enlightening, and thoroughly engaging perspective on the history of heredity and genetics, tracing the slow, uncertain path--complete with entertaining diversions and dead ends--that led us from the ancient world's understanding of inheritance to modern genetics.
Rush Rewards U
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Limited time offer:
Get the first one free!
All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $23.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 8/5/2009
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
|Preface and acknowledgements|
|Equus quagga and Lord Morton's mare|
|Passiflora gracilis: Inside Darwin's greenhouse|
|Homo sapiens: Francis Galton's fairground attraction|
|Hieracium auricula: What Mendel did next|
|Oenothera lamarckiana: Hugo de Vries led up the primrose path|
|Drosophila melanogaster: Bananas, bottles and Bolsheviks|
|Cavia porcellus: Mathematical guinea pigs|
|Bacteriophage: The virus that revealed DNA|
|Zea mays: Incorrigible corn|
|Arabidopsis thaliana: A fruit fly for the botanists|
|Danio rerio: Seeing through zebrafish|
|OncoMouseï¿½: Engineering organisms|
|Bibliography, sources and notes|