This is the home page for a one-semester introductory biology course at Bryn Mawr College, fall semester, 2000.
Welcome to Biology 103. And to thinking about science, and about life, and to trying to make sense of their relation to one another, and to ...
Which goes on, of course, forever. What did I learn this semester? Lots of things, but the one that sticks out is that I think I finally got less wrong about the relationship between life and the second law of thermodynamics. This figure, I think, is my best new understanding for the semester.
Oh yeah, and some thoughts about evolution and extinction, which came up earlier in the semester ... and ... Enough. It was, for me, a very good semester. Thanks to all of you for your contributions. Your third web papers are posted. And while the forum is officially closed, I'd be delighted to hear more from any or all of you.
Appropriate to leave the current last word to one of you:
"I have realized that I have always been a scientist even if I never was any good at memorizing the Periodic Table. Any questioning, experimenting, exploring is science. Its not something to be in awe of, its natural, a daily occurrence.
Science interprets life and like life it is evolving ... Its exciting,its creative, its never-ending. Doubt and opposition are essential to science and to life ...
I definitely have a greater appreciation for the unending improbable assemblies of improbable assemblies of improbable assemblies, especially as part of the amazing processes that occurred to bring us to this moment, and are occurring in this moment to bring us to the next.
Most importantly, instead of looking for answers, I'll ask more questions. There's no rush. Its taken us five billion years so far. Thank you all for contributing to my continual scientific journey and may we all continue to make mistakes".