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Aristotle to Zoos

A Philosophical Dictionary of Biology

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$47.00 • £37.95 • €42.50

ISBN 9780674045378

Publication Date: 03/15/1985


320 pages

6 x 9 inches

2 tables, 5 line illustrations


One of the most delightful, and delightfully eccentric, dictionaries I have ever encountered… One can learn a tremendous amount of modern biology from it.—Jeremy Bernstein, The New York Times Book Review

These little essays are beautifully written, trenchant, witty and informative… Enjoy the lovely prose and the tough precise intelligence… If a central informing theme is to be found in the Medawars’ dictionary, it is an appeal for a disciplined and critical mind.Nature

Two distinguished scientists have made sense of their specialty instead of mystery. Entries on altruism, clones, and simple sweating combine authority with humanity—and even wit.The Los Angeles Times Book Review

Aristotle to Zoos is a recommended introduction to the problems of life science and their profound relevance to our daily lives. P. B. and J. S. Medawar are masterful guides… The Medawars’ work is a model of scientific prose. It is written to delight and to teach.The Bloomsbury Review

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