In the spirit of Voltaire―and occasionally in the spirit of P. G. Wodehouse―P. B. and J. S. Medawar have crafted for the life sciences a source of reference that is meant for browsing―a book both authoritative and filled with delights.
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Biologists P. B. and J. S. Medawar take on a challenging task: introducing readers to the central problems of life science and showing their profound relevance to our daily lives. They do so with verve, correcting from essay to essay our common misconceptions about the nature of things. For one, they write, "It is a popular fallacy that chewing gum regains its flavor if removed from the mouth and parked, say, under a chair. What is regained is not the flavor but the ability to taste the flavor as sensory adaptation wears off." You'll learn a great deal about such adaptations, to say nothing of recombinant DNA research, biogenetics, and eugenics, oncology, transplantation, environmental change, and animal rights, among dozens of other topics.From the Back Cover:
The Medawars have ranged over the whole of the subject of the biological sciences, and have combined within one work an enormous amount of up-to-the-minute information on a variety of biological or medical-biological topics.
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Descripción Oxford Paperbacks, 1985. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0192830430