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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written permission of the copyright. This edition is published by Muriwai Books –
www.pp-publishing.com A few of the many advantages of employing blowflies as.
As a matter of fact, there are, at the latest count, about 50,000 kinds of flies
sharing “our” world. They include, to mention only a few, houseflies, fruit flies,
soldier flies, snipe flies, small-headed flies, stiletto flies, blowflies, march flies,
dance flies, ...
This was how our laboratory came to work with the black blowfly fifteen years ago
. As I recall, it was a steaming hot day. There was no air-conditioning in the
laboratory because such nonsense was considered a luxury. The administrators
Blowflies cost nothing. It is true that human beings can be also had for nothing.
They are called volunteers. The latitude of experimentation permitted with human
beings is, however, quite limited. The blowfly has none of these disadvantages.
blowfly has none of these disadvantages. Not only can the flies be procured free
of charge, legally, and without a hunting license; they can besides be maintained
at a fraction of the cost of what it takes to feed any other experimental animal.
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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