571. Books on physiology & related subjects
D’Arcy Thompson On Growth and Form, 1917.
This classic study, poetically written by biologist D’Arcy Thompson examines the mathematical and physical factors that make living things take their forms.
573. Books on specific physiological systems in animals
Jared M. Diamond The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, 1991.
While our time as a species on the planet has been short, our impact on it has been tremendous and less than ideal. Jared Diamond sets out to determine why and what we can do about it.
Bernd Heinrich In a Patch of Fireweed: A Biologist’s Life in the Field, 1984.
Exceptional field biologist and writer Bernd Heinrich grew up in the wilds of Germany and traveled the world performing experiments few would care to try. This first of his popular works tells a bit about his remarkable life and quest to understand the natural world.
Jacques Cousteau The Silent World, 1953.
Jacques Cousteau was a French trailblazer in underwater exploration. In 1943, Cousteau, Philippe Tailliez, and Frederic Dumas were the first to use the aqualung to explore the Mediterranean Sea. They write of their experiences with captivating descriptions of the creatures they found. The trio also performed experiments to determine the effects of increasingly deep dives on the body.
Horace Freeland Judson The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology, 1979.
After interviewing the major players at the dawn of molecular biology in the U.S., U.K., and France, science writer Horace Freeland Judson wrote this classic book about the field’s history, told mainly through its founders. It covers the origins of molecular biology through early understandings of gene regulation.
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