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Everyday Biology

Nature volume 113, page 780 (31 May 1924) | Download Citation



PROF. THOMSON'S aim here is to provide “an unconventional introduction to a biological way of thinking.” Writing thus for the layman rather than the specialist he very properly keeps constantly in touch with matters of everyday experience, but nevertheless goes deep into scientific concepts, though deliberately avoiding the possible tedium of comprehensive treatment. There is scarcely any important region of biological thought which is not here handled in an attractive and stimulating fashion. Several chapters are concerned with animal physiology under such titles as “The Emergence of Life,” “Life in Motion,” “Food-getting and Food-using,” “Blood,” and others; but heredity, habits and environment, individuality, infection and disease, old age, and kindred subjects receive their measure of attention. We heartily recommend the book to the layman who would know something of the content of present-day biology, and are sure no specialist will regret the few hours required for its perusal.

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