• Title: Possible Worlds
  • Author: J.B.S. Haldane Carl A. Price
  • ISBN: 9780765807151
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Possible Worlds John Burdon Sanderson Haldane was a giant among men He made major contributions to genetics population biology and evolutionary theory He was at once comfortable in mathematics chemistry microbiol
    John Burdon Sanderson Haldane was a giant among men He made major contributions to genetics, population biology, and evolutionary theory He was at once comfortable in mathematics, chemistry, microbiology and animal physiology But it was his belief in education that led to his preparing his popular essays for publication In his own words Many scientifi c workers belieJohn Burdon Sanderson Haldane was a giant among men He made major contributions to genetics, population biology, and evolutionary theory He was at once comfortable in mathematics, chemistry, microbiology and animal physiology But it was his belief in education that led to his preparing his popular essays for publication In his own words Many scientifi c workers believe that they should confine their publications to learned journals I think that the public has a right to know what is going on inside the laboratories, for some of which it pays So begins Haldane s collection of essays, perhaps the most public intellectual communicating science before the writings of Stephen Jay Gould.

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    1. (86k words; ebook) Small anthology of short scientific biological-themed writings by famed biologist J.B.S. Haldane who, particularly as a population geneticist, brings an interesting perspective to his science popularizations. Most of them are too brief or sufficiently dated as to not really be worth reading, but worth noting are:“On Being the Right Size”: one of the classic writings on allometric scaling laws, why elephants need such large legs while fleas can jump so high.“Vitamins”: [...]

    2. A collection of mostly biological essays by Haldane, most seeming to have been previously published in the 1920s. Where he strays outside of biology, he tends to be doing so to advance a generally 'scientific' approach in matters of religion and politics, though he does demonstrate something of an interest in astronomy.It's a mixed bag. Some of the biological essays are still informative about the basics of the field, though you'd be well-advised to have on hand to double-check some of the more [...]

    3. Fantastic book - some of the science is now of course inaccurate and has been disproved. However the way in which J.B.S Haldane portrays the concepts in this book are top class! Amazing to see the transition from then to now.Enjoy

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