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Recommended Resources For Biology


Larry Johnson


Cornell’s biology faculty was asked to recommend resources for learning about biology. Here are the books, locations, and Web sites they listed:


  • On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared M. Diamond, 1997
  • The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins, 1976
  • Rosalind Franklin and DNA, Ann Sayre, 1975
  • Fundamental Neuroscience, edited by Michael Zigmond, et al., 1999
  • Principles of Neural Science, edited by Eric R. Kandel, et al., 1985
  • The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, James Watson, 1968.
  • Living With Our Genes: Why They Matter More Than You Think, Dean Hamer and Peter Copeland, 1998
  • Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging, Tom Kirkwood, 1999
  • Song of the Dodo, David Quammen, 1996
  • The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time, Jonathan Weiner, 1994
  • At the Water’s Edge: Fish With Fingers, Whales With Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea, Carl Zimmer, 1999
  • The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, Matt Ridley, 1995

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis
American Museum of Natural History, New York
Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Neb.
National Zoo, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
Field Museum, Chicago
National Aquarium, Baltimore
United States Botanical Garden, Washington, D.C.
America’s National Wildlife refuges (including Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa)
A garden in your own back yard (preferably pesticide-free)

Web sites (Society for Neuroscience) (for anyone interested in the brain) (NIH site for biological information) (genetically modified plants)

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