How Scientists Think:

Twenty-One Experiments that Have Shaped Our Understanding of Genetics and Molecular Biology


by George Johnson

This concise book is an intriguing way to foster critical thinking and reinforce the scientific method in your biology course. It expands on the experiments offered in Biology, with 21 chapters devoted to discussions ofclassic genetics or molecular biology experiments-many on which the study of biology is founded. Package this book with Biology for a discounted price.

"This short companion is intended to ... provide students with a closer look at some key experiments, as a way of learning how a proper experiment is put together, of seeing how a control works, of appreciating the raw originality that sometimes adds flavor and excitement to science-and, above all, of seeing how science is really done. Clean, clear thinking lies at the heart of every good experiment.

I have increasingly come to believe that Charles Yanofsky had it right-that the best way to understand science in general is to study science in particular. Exposed to one experimental problem in detail, the student learns far more than just the details of the particular experiment. Said simply, the student learns how the experimenter thinks. Learning how a successful experiment was put together teaches the logic of scientific inquiry, the very heart of the science."

...from the Preface of How Scientists Think, by George B. Johnson

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