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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He may never see a live animal or plant. He has come a long way since the days
when he pulled off the ... the necessary accoutrements to become a first-class
biologist. The only necessary item remaining is an experimental animal (or plant).
remaining is an experimental animal (or plant). There is much to be said for the
fly. Like taxes, the fly is always with us. As a matter of fact, there are, at the latest
count, about 50,000 kinds of flies sharing “our” world. They include, to mention ...
When choosing an experimental animal, therefore, why settle for anything so
prosaic as the laboratory rat, so giddy as the guinea pig, so phlegmatic as the
frog, so reptilian as the chicken, so cousinly as the chimpanzee? Why not choose
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. Thousands of them can be reared in a few ...
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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