Top 2016 Philosophy of Science Books

These are my top twenty five philosophy of science books published in 2016. As usual with philosophy, I don’t recommend based on agreement, but on interest. Topics include causal inference, representation and visualisation, the limits of science, and many biology-specific philosophical issues. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any …

Top 2016 History of Science Books

These are my top twenty history of science books published in 2016. THere were many, many great books this year, and this was definitely the hardest list to cull down to just twenty, and they ultimately mostly reflect my personal interests, e.g. the history of chemistry, the intersections of art …

The Early Opposition to Mendelism, 1900-1906

We all learn about Gregor Mendel’s pea experiments in school. The typical afterstory says that his papers from 1866 went unnoticed until Hugo de Vries, Carl Correns, and Erich von Tschermak-Seysenegg rediscovered them in 1900 and Mendel’s laws then quickly became mainstream biology. As a summary, this is true, but …

Top 2015 Academic Human Biology Books

These are my top 10 academic human biology books for 2015. Within human biology, I include palaeoanthropology, cultural evolution, archaeology, and primatology. Personal reviews available on request! See the rest of this year’s book recommendations here! Contemporary Evolutionary Theories of Culture and the Study of Religion (Scientific Studies of Religion: …

François Jacob (1920-2013)

François Jacob (1920-2013) is pretty much a household name for biologists. He was a French molecular biologist who was one of the three 1965 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine winners (the other two were André Lwoff and Jacques Monod). Monod and Jacob got it for their work on the …