Twentieth-Century Classic Books and Benchmark Publications in Biology

  title={Twentieth-Century Classic Books and Benchmark Publications in Biology},
  author={Gary W. Barrett and Karen E Mabry},
There is a rich body of scientific books and articles that have contributed to the education and training of biologists during the past century. Academics and other contributors to science journals have attempted—with mixed success—to identify the works that have enhanced the understanding and enjoyment of students majoring in biology throughout their undergraduate academic training. Efforts to classify publications in terms of their value to biology students and the public at large have been… 

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Teaching Ecology during the Environmental Age, 1965–1908

  • J. Hagen
  • Environmental Science
    Environmental History
  • 2008
The period 1965–1980 was a time of dramatic change in the academic discipline of ecology. Membership in the Ecological Society of America more than doubled. This growth was accompanied by spirited

A perspective on the key citations in freshwater benthic science, and the studies that influenced them*

  • V. ReshN. Kobzina
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of the North American Benthological Society
  • 2003
Articles and books cited ≥12 times in the Journal of the North American Benthological Society (J-NABS) between 1995 and 2000 were searched in the Science Citation Index (SCI), to determine the

Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen: Volume II: Society, Institutions, and Development

Amartya Sen has made deep and lasting contributions to the academic disciplines of economics, philosophy, and the social sciences more broadly. He has engaged in policy dialogue and public debate,

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Kurt Vonnegut's “Homage to Santa Rosalia”: The “Patroness of Evolutionary Studies” and Galapagos

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The Non-Tragedy of the Non-Linear Commons

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On the origin of the species by means of natural selection

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Special Book Article: Books to remember A look at a few of the twentieth century's classic mainstream biology texts

The story turns biochemistry into adventure, pitting Watson and Crick as errant, youthful geniuses against a brilliant, seasoned adversary, Linus Pauling, who fails to understand the significance of what the two biologists are trying to do.

The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance

The history of biology describes the rise of science from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century and the changing intellectual milieu of biology.

The Diversity of Life

In this book a master scientist tells the story of how life on earth evolved. Edward O. Wilson eloquently describes how the species of the world became diverse and why that diversity is threatened

Homage to Santa Rosalia or Why Are There So Many Kinds of Animals?

The address of the president of a society, founded largely to further the study of evolution, at the close of the year that marks the centenary of Darwin and Wallace's initial presentation of the theory of natural selection.

Editorial From the President: Integrative science

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Closing the Ecological Cycle: The Emergence of Integrative Science

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Systematics and the origin of Species: from the Viewpoint of a Zoologist

  • J. Huxley
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • 1943
This chapter discusses taxonomy, the focus round which genetics, ecology, field natural history and other biological disciplines have concentrated to illuminate the study of evolution in action.