To Know a Fly
First published in 1962, this book by esteemed American physiologist and entomologist Vincent Dethier provides an array of helpful examples of how ingeniously controlled experiments are designed and used. Other processes of scientific inquiry are also explained, such as observation, correlation, cause and effect, gathering and interpreting data, hypothesizing, and theory building.
Recommended to scientists of all ages!
“...This is a superb natural history book and is highly recommended for anyone twelve or older.”—Scientific American
“The author never ‘talks down’ to his readers but preserves such delightful and sparkling informal style throughout that we tend to overlook the professional skill with which he attacks his problems, the beauty of the experiments he describes. The book is such pleasant reading that we may not realize that this all represents biological research of a very high order. Among the many excellent features we may note the author’s commentaries on scientific method, which are extremely acute, informative, and provocative.”—Journal of the American Medical Association
“Highly recommended enrichment reading for biology teachers and secondary students in general science or biology.—The Science Teacher
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Vincent Dethier. Of course, scientists, being human, perceive this well enough.
Many of them try to remedy the situation by attempting to explain what they are
doing, why they think their work is worthwhile, and why they need increasing ...
Dethier possesses to an exceptional degree, ensure him a large and fascinated
audience whenever he reports about his work to meetings of professional
biologists; in addition, they enable him to keep open a line of communication with
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Arseny - LibraryThing
Great book, and it reads surprisingly well. The only sign of age really is the use of pronouns (the scientist is always "he", even despite the fact that female science students are mentioned several ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
I thought that this book was hysterical. It is not the book for people wanted all the scientific facts about flies, although it does have some interesting tidbits along the way. Instead, it cheerfully ... Read full review