Cover: A Guinea Pig’s History of Biology, from Harvard University PressCover: A Guinea Pig’s History of Biology in PAPERBACK

A Guinea Pig’s History of Biology

Add to Cart

Product Details


$37.00 • £29.95 • €33.50

ISBN 9780674032279

Publication Date: 08/05/2009

Academic Trade

544 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 halftones

United States and its dependencies only

  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • 1. Equus quaggaand: Lord Morton’s Mare
  • 2. Passiflora gracilis: Inside Darwin’s Greenhouse
  • 3. Homo sapiens: Francis Galton’s Fairground Attraction
  • 4. Hieracium auricula: What Mendel Did Next
  • 5. Oenothera lamarckiana: Hugo de Vries Led up the Primrose Path
  • 6. Drosophila melanogaster: Bananas, Bottles and Bolsheviks
  • 7. Cavia porcellus: Mathematical Guinea Pigs
  • 8. Bacteriophage: The Virus That Revealed DNA
  • 9. Zea mays: Incorrigible Corn
  • 10. Arabidopsis thaliana: A Fruit Fly for the Botanists
  • 11. Danio rerio: Seeing through Zebrafish
  • 12. OncoMouse®: Engineering Organisms
  • Bibliography, Sources and Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2004 Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction, Royal Society of Literature
Join Our Mailing List [picture of mailboxes in a rustic setting]

From Our Blog


Who We Might Have Been, and Who We Will Become

Who among us hasn’t considered what our lives would be like if we had taken alternate paths, made different decisions? Storytellers of every stripe write of the lives we didn’t have, says Andrew H. Miller, author of On Not Being Someone Else: Tales of Our Unled Lives. As we live through a worldwide pandemic, the ideas of what might have been are even more appealing. Much like the adolescents on the verge of adulthood in Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, Miller tells us, we wait to see what comes next.