The Lives Of A Cell

Author : Lewis Thomas
ISBN : 1439509360
Genre : Science
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A physician and cancer researcher shares his personal observations on the uniformity, diversity, interdependence, and strange powers of the earth's life forms
Category: Science

The Medusa And The Snail

Author : Lewis Thomas
ISBN : 9781101667064
Genre : Science
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The medusa is a tiny jellyfish that lives on the ventral surface of a sea slug found in the Bay of Naples. Readers will find themselves caught up in the fate of the medusa and the snail as a metaphor for eternal issues of life and death as Lewis Thomas further extends the exploration of man and his world begun in The Lives of a Cell. Among the treasures in this magnificent book are essays on the human genius for making mistakes, on disease and natural death, on cloning, on warts, and on Montaigne, as well as an assessment of medical science and health care. In these essays and others, Thomas once again conveys his observations of the scientific world in prose marked by wonder and wit.
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Das Ist Biologie

Author : Ernst Mayr
ISBN : 3827410150
Genre : Science
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Ernst Mayr Das ist Biologie Die Wissenschaft des Lebens Lebewesen lassen sich nicht auf die Gesetze der Physik und Chemie reduzieren; sie müssen auf jeder Stufe ihrer Organisation verstanden werden. Ernst Mayr veranschaulicht, warum der zweifellos bei vielen Fragestellungen sehr erfolgreiche Reduktionismus letztlich nicht hinreichen kann, die natürliche Welt in ihrer immensen Komplexität zu erklären. Die Biologie ist nicht zuletzt eine historische Wissenschaft, und Das ist Biologie? läßt sich auch als eine "Lebensgeschichte" dieser Disziplin lesen. Der Bogen spannt sich von den Wurzeln der Naturforschung in den Werken des Aristoteles über die Revolution, welche die Biologie durch Darwin erfuhr, bis hin zu den spektakulären Fortschritten durch den breiten Einzug molekularer Ansätze. Ernst Mayrs Buch vermittelt ein faszinierendes Bild von der Bedeutung und vom Reichtum der Biologie. ca. 416 S., geb. DM 49,80/öS 364,-/sFr 46,- ISBN 3-8274-0270-0 Ersch.-Termin: April 1998 STO: Sachbuch "Ein intellektuell meisterhafter Überblick über die großen Fragen in der Biologie, klar und voller Energie." James D. Watson Der Autor: Ernst Mayr ist Professor emeritus für Zoologie an der Harvard University. Der 93jährige Wissenschaftler, der in Deutschland geboren und aufgewachsen ist, zählt zu den bedeutendsten Biologen der Welt.
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The Youngest Science

Author : Lewis Thomas
ISBN : 9781101667071
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From the 1920s when he watched his father, a general practitioner who made housecalls and wrote his prescriptions in Latin, to his days in medical school and beyond, Lewis Thomas saw medicine evolve from an art into a sophisticated science. The Youngest Science is Dr. Thomas's account of his life in the medical profession and an inquiry into what medicine is all about--the youngest science, but one rich in possibility and promise. He chronicles his training in Boston and New York, his war career in the South Pacific, his most impassioned research projects, his work as an administrator in hospitals and medical schools, and even his experiences as a patient. Along the way, Thomas explores the complex relationships between research and practice, between words and meanings, between human error and human accomplishment, More than a magnificent autobiography, The Youngest Science is also a celebration and a warning--about the nature of medicine and about the future life of our planet.
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Medicine In Quotations

Author : Edward J. Huth
ISBN : 1930513674
Genre : Medical
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Who was the first to write about a certain disease, diagnose it, and treat it? This book answers those questions for a wide range of diseases, from Abetalipoproteinemia to Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. What were the medical practitioners of previous generations hoping to achieve? What were their patients expecting of them? The answers are found in these quotations.Containing over 3,000 entries, and now updated with more than 450 new quotations, this new edition of Medicine in Quotations is the most comprehensive collection of its type published in over 30 years. It is much more than a random collection of famous sayings relating to sickness and health, disease and treatment; it is a portrait of medicine throughout recorded history. You will discover how medical concepts and practices have developed and shifted through the millennia, and how many illnesses recognized today were first identified a thousand or more years ago.
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Encyclopedia Of The Essay

Author : Tracy Chevalier
ISBN : 9781135314101
Genre : Reference
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This groundbreaking new source of international scope defines the essay as nonfictional prose texts of between one and 50 pages in length. The more than 500 entries by 275 contributors include entries on nationalities, various categories of essays such as generic (such as sermons, aphorisms), individual major works, notable writers, and periodicals that created a market for essays, and particularly famous or significant essays. The preface details the historical development of the essay, and the alphabetically arranged entries usually include biographical sketch, nationality, era, selected writings list, additional readings, and anthologies
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The Liberation Of Life

Author : Charles Birch
ISBN : 052131514X
Genre : Science
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This book is about the liberation of the concept of life from the bondage fashioned by the interpreters of life ever since biology began, and about the liberation of the life of humans and non-humans alike from the bondage of social structures and behaviour, which now threatens the fullness of life's possibilities if not survival itself. It falls into a tradition of writings about human problems from a perspective informed by biology. It rejects the mechanistic model of life dominant in the Western world and develops an alternative 'ecological model' which is applicable to the life of the cell and the life of the human community. For the first time it brings together in one work the insights of modern biology with those of a modern holistic philosophy and a liberal theology in a way which challenges conventional approaches to science, agriculture, sociology, politics, economics, development and liberation movements.
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Agriculture S Ethical Horizon

Author : Robert L. Zimdahl
ISBN : 9780124160439
Genre : Science
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What are the goals of agricultural science? What should the goals of agricultural science be? How do and how should the practitioners of agriculture address complex ethical questions? These questions are explored in this monumental book so that those in agriculture will begin an open dialoge on the ethics of agriculture. Discussion of foundational values, of why we practice agriculture as we do, should become a central, rather than peripheral, part of agricultural practice and education. If agricultural scientists do not venture forth to understand and shape the ethical base of the future, it will be imposed by others. Largely autobiographical, this book covers topics such as scientific truth and myth, what agricultural research should be done, an introduction to ethics, moral confidence in agriculture, the relevance of ethics to agriculture, sustainability, and biotechnology. * Written by an expert who has been engaged in agricultural education and research for over 35 years * Content is easily understandable by non-philosophers * The concepts of scientific truth and myth are contrasted and compared * Chapter sidebars highlight important concepts and can be used to engage students in further discussion * Companion website will accompany the book with further teaching aids and a discussion board
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Changing Life

Author : Peter J. Taylor
ISBN : 0816630135
Genre : Science
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In laboratories all over the world, life -- even the idea of life -- is changing. And with these changes, whether they result in square tomatoes or cyborgs, come transformations in our social order -- sometimes welcome, sometimes troubling. Changing Life offers a close look at how the mutable forms and concepts of life link the processes of science to those of information, finance, and commodities. These essays -- about planetary management and genome sequencing, ecologies and cyborgs -- address actual and imagined transformations at the center and at the margins of transnational relations, during the post-Cold War era and in times to come.
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