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Discovery: Science as a Window to the World

Discovery: Science as a Window to the World

Ricki Lewis

ISBN: 978-1-444-31313-0

May 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

248 pages

$82.99

Description

The goal of Discovery: Science as a Window to the World is to relay the excitement of sciene by exploring selected topics in biology and medicine in a way that reveals the process of discovery. Each chapter will focus on the curiosity and creativity that drives scientists to wonder, observe, question and experiment.

One impetus for this project is the recognition of a growing demand among instructors for a book that departs from fact-stuffed textbooks and instead engages students in the discovery process at a personal level.


  • Emphasizes the process of discovery through interviews and key experiments.
  • Written by a best-selling author.
  • Provides an in-depth, conversational look at the science behind several "hot topics" in biology.
  • Each chapter traces the beginnings of the field with stories of how serendipity and scientific inquiry intertwine.
  • Presents the background to a field by including the scientific literature-so the reader does not have to do a literature search or plow through a review article.
  • Many essays introduce the work of overlooked scientists or "unsung heroes." Alexey Olovnikov (telomeres), Leroy Steven (stem cells), to name a few.
  • Also, well-known scientists are interviewed: Stanley Miller, Carl Woese, John Gearhart, and others.
  • The essays show how ideas interact and coalesce from different lines of research.
  • Highlights the role of the media in interpreting science for the public.
1. On Discovery.

2. The Origins Of Life - When Chemistry Became Biology.

3. Going Out On A Limb For The Tree Of Life.

4. In Pursuit Of Prions.

5. The Tale Of Telomeres.

6. Stem Cells - The Science Of Self Renewal.

7. The Roots Of Cloning.

8. Homocysteine And Heart Health.

9. On Technology - From Unrealistic Expectations To Unwarranted Fears

"Lewis gives the reader a fascinating insight into the discovery of various science topics.
... I highly recommend this book as a supplement to anyone who teaches biology to college freshmen. It would also be a good source book for a biology seminar class." Rita Mary King, The American Biology Teacher, March 2002 <!--end-->

  • Emphasizes the process of discovery through interviews and key experiments.

  • Written by a best-selling author.

  • Provides an in-depth, conversational look at the science behind several "hot topics" in biology.

  • Each chapter traces the beginnings of the field with stories of how serendipity and scientific inquiry intertwine.

  • Presents the background to a field by including the scientific literature-so the reader does not have to do a literature search or plow through a review article.

  • Many essays introduce the work of overlooked scientists or "unsung heroes." Alexey Olovnikov (telomeres), Leroy Steven (stem cells), to name a few.

  • Also, well-known scientists are interviewed: Stanley Miller, Carl Woese, John Gearhart, and others.

  • The essays show how ideas interact and coalesce from different lines of research.

  • Highlights the role of the media in interpreting science for the public.