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Interesting Books to Supplement Introductory Biology

(Developing, and organized in relation to, Biology 103 at Bryn Mawr College)

THE NATURE OF SCIENCE

M. Boden, The Creative Mind, 1992.

A. Koestler, The Act of Creation, 1964.

T.S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 1962.

Evelyn Fox Keller, A Feeling for the Organism, 1986.

K.R. Manning, Black Apollo of Science, 1983.

Robert B. Silvers, Hidden Histories of Science, 1995.

C.P. Snow, Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, 1959

John Horgan, The End of Science, 1996.

THE NATURE OF LIFE

E.O. Wilson, The Diversity of Life, 1992

E. Schrodinger, What is Life?, 1992 (originally published 1944)

L. Margulis and D. Sagan, What is Life?, 1995

M. Hoagland and B. Dodson, The Way Life Works, 1995

H.S.F Cooper, Jr, The Search for Life on Mars, 1976

N.H. Horowitz, To Utopia and Back, 1986

F. White, The SETI Factor, 1990

DIVERSITY AND SCALE

L. Margulis, and K.V. Schwartz, Five Kingdoms, 1988

P. Morrison and P. Morrison, Powers of Ten, 1992

K. Schmidt-Neilson, Scaling: Why is Animal Size So Important?, 1984

TIME AND EVOLUTION

S.J. Gould, Wonderful Life, 1989

J.T. Bonner, Evolution of Complexity, 1988

Niles Eldredge, Time Frames, 1985

R. Leaky, The Origins of Humankind, 1994

C. Wills, The Runaway Brain, 1993

M. Donald, Origins of the Modern Mind, 1991

COMPLEXITY

M.M. Waldrop, Complexity, 1992

M. Gell-Mann, The Quark and the Jaguar, 1994

S. Kauffman, The Origins of Order, 1993

P. Bak, How Nature Works, 1996

M. Resnick, Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams, 1994 (paperback, 1997)

K. Goldstein, The Organism, 1963 (originally published 1939)

AND ON ...(additions and organization to follow)

K. Sigmund, Games of Life, 1993

S. Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and its Metaphors, 1990

B. Goodwin, How the Leopard Changed its Spots, 1994

P.A. Lawrence, The Making of a Fly, 1992

S. Oyama, The Ontogeny of Information, 1985

B. Hassenstein, Information and Control in the Living Organism, 1971

R. Shattuck, The Forbidden Experiment, 1980

K. Schmidt-Neilson, How Animals Work, 1972

P.D. Kramer, Listening to Prozac, 1993

A.R. Damasio, Descartes' Error, 1994

J. Weiner, The Beak of the Finch, 1994

R. Axelrod, The Evolution of Cooperation, 1984

W. Poundstone, Prisoner's Dilemna, 1992

J. Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, 1999

J. Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, 2005

C. Zimmer, The Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain - and How it Changed the World, 2005


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