From the Back Cover
Praise from notable life science authors and educators:
"In an era when the discovery avalanche is suffocaating biology and students under a pile of details, this new book by Garland Allen and Jeffrey Baker is a welcome reminder that science is not just about "what we know," but "how we know." In their clear and engaging presentation of how science works, the authors encourage students to think more critically, inspire them to participate in scientific inquiry, and enhance their appreciation of the central role that science plays in modern culture. Allen and Baker's Biology: Scientific Process and Social Issues is certain to improve science education." —Neil Campbell, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Riverside
"This is a time of enormous change in the life sciences, and today's students need to appreciate science as an ongoing process. Using colorful and interesting examples ranging from medicine and cell biology to evolution and ecology, this book gives the reader a real feel for the dynamic process of science and conveys a clear sense of how discoveries are made. Together with its treatment of important ethical issues, this well written book will make a major contribution to teaching introductory biology." —Geoffrey M. Cooper, Professor of Biology and Chair, Department of Biology, Boston University
"This book presents a lucid exposition of the field of biology that should prove widely useful in understanding the way that science works—the construction and testing of hypotheses and the building of a robust body of knowledge that serves humanity well. The text is well suited to several diverse approaches to the field of biology, and should be widely adopted as a thoughtful approach to the field." —Peter Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden
About the Author
Jeffrey J.W. Baker taught for many years at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and has held faculty positions at Washington University in St. Louis, The George Washington University, the University of Puerto Rico, and the University of Virginia. Professor Baker is the author or co-author with Dr. Allen of more than a doozen books in the biological sciences, a book on the American Civil War, and two science-related children's books, one of which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best of the year. He has written extensively concerning modern day conflicts between science and religion and was invited to present his views at the Pontifical Academy of Science in the Vatican. Now retired from teaching but still actively writing and lecturing, Professor Baker divides his time between residences in central Virginia and the Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.