Sacred Bovines: The Ironies of Misplaced Assumptions in Biology by Douglas AllchinSacred Bovines: The Ironies of Misplaced Assumptions in Biology by Douglas Allchin

Sacred Bovines: The Ironies of Misplaced Assumptions in Biology

byDouglas Allchin

Hardcover | July 17, 2017

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This book is a collection of short essays, each challenging a commonplace assumption about biology - playfully dubbed "Sacred Bovines." The essays aim to be both provocative and entertaining. They highlight amusing ironies and fascinating details, such as organisms that blur the distinction ofmale and female, tool use and language among non-humans, errors made by Charles Darwin or Nobel Prize winners, and how research on cells was enriched by a Marxist perspective. As an ensemble, the essays aim to deepen an understanding of how science works, including its cultural contexts. The 28pieces are arranged in 7 thematic sections, focusing on such topics as error in science, "myth-conceptions" of scientists, cultural bias in scientific concepts, the challenge of expertise and "what counts as science" in society, and science and values. While all the essays focus on cases in biology, most of the lessons are more general, and valuable for any citizen who reflects on science in society. A final Epilogue profiles the value of the style of thinking exemplified throughout the book - namely, the light-hearted challenging of assumptionsas a source of creative insight. An additional "Afterword for Teachers" highlights how the essays can foster learning about the nature of science and describes some practical classroom strategies.
Douglass Allchin is is a historian and philosopher of science and science educator. He holds a PhD in "Conceptual Foundations of Science" from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Minnesota since 2001, specializing in courses on teaching history of science.
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Title:Sacred Bovines: The Ironies of Misplaced Assumptions in BiologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 17, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190490365

ISBN - 13:9780190490362

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