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Print: ADU-NL-SET | ISBN 978-0-945159-77-3 | Two-Volume Set
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The Nature of Life Set

The Nature of Life Set

*Purchase individually on Amazon: The Nature of Life, Volume 1 and The Nature of Life, Volume 2.

“How did life begin? How is it changing? How are human beings related to other forms of life? What are the ethical implications of studying or altering life?”
—From the introduction to the new edition

This new edition of our popular biology anthology features updated content, bringing the most contemporary scientific writing to a wide readership. The 18 readings in Volumes 1 and 2 cover a range of topics, from pesticides to genome editing, and illustrate the dynamism and interconnectedness of the life sciences.

Together, the two volumes of The Nature of Life: New Edition offer insights into the variety and scope of developments in biology and prompt questions about the future direction of life sciences. Inside, you’ll find the work of major scientists, accompanied by thought-provoking questions and discussion prompts that aim to explore universal questions about the nature of life as we know it.

"Even the best textbooks can feel removed from the process of science. Reading essays from the scientists doing the discovery and debating the ideas helps ground students in the idea that science is an ongoing process of inquiry—which allows them to see themselves in the process."
—Stephen Traphagen
Biology Instructor, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park, Illinois

Volume 1

Readings and Questions

Experiments in Plant Hybridization (excerpt)
Gregor Mendel
Silent Spring (excerpt)
Rachel Carson
The Double Helix (excerpt)
James D. Watson
Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare
Paul Colinvaux
The Selfish Gene (excerpt)
Richard Dawkins
The Human Microbiome
Martin J. Blaser
Collective Wisdom of Ants
Deborah M. Gordon
The Wholly Different Aqueous World
Edward O. Wilson
Unified Theory of Evolution
Michael Skinner

Volume 2

Readings and Questions

On the Origin of Species (excerpt)
Charles Darwin
An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine (excerpt)
Claude Bernard
The Snout
Loren Eiseley
Ecce Homo!
Konrad Lorenz
Just in the Middle
Stephen Jay Gould
Life from Scum
Lynn Margulis
Why Science Needs Poetry: Fitting New Metaphors to Nature When Old Cliches Fail
Gary Paul Nabhan
My Whirlwind Year with CRISPR
Jennifer Doudna
Adolescence; or, Dude, Where's My Frontal Cortex?
Robert M. Sapolsky