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A True Tale of Science and Discovery
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Authors: Lawrence A. Curtis (Cape Henlopen Laboratory, College of Marine & Earth Studies , University of Delaware, DE) 
Book Description:
This book gives a down-in-the-trenches view of how knowledge of the biological world increased. It deals with science, but in a way that does not presume that the reader is versed in that area of human knowledge. The goal is to explain one example of the scientific process, when and where it was done, who did it, what they did, why they did it that way, the circumstances under which they did it, and what the results and interpretations were. The true tale of marine biology told in this book is not about well financed science. It was basically a bootstrap effort throughout. This book is pointedly written with a non-scientist in mind, though it might equally be of interest to someone with a science background. Most of the terms used in scientific discourse have been avoided and where unavoidable, they have been explained in terms available to any interested reader. Necessary concepts have been handled the same way. The result is a book that treats science in a way that is friendly to anyone interested in learning more about how science gets done. The author relates not only what discoveries were made, but the people, the conditions, adventures, and misadventures encountered along the way.

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Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 - The Start, pp. 1-9

Chapter 2 - The Omnivorous Snail, pp. 11-16

Chapter 3 - A Stylish Affair, pp. 17-30

Chapter 4 - A Delving into Parasites, pp. 31-41

Chapter 5 - The Flesh-Eating Snail, pp. 43-54

Chapter 6 - Snails Possessed, pp. 55-82

Chapter 7 - A Sexually Confused Snail, pp. 83-96

Chapter 8 - Sociable Parasites, pp. 97-113

Chapter 9 - Old Timer, pp. 115-132

Chapter 10 - A1981-1995 Capstone, pp. 133-143

Chapter 11 - New Place, New People, pp. 145-168

Chapter 12 - Really Old Giants, pp. 169-199

Chapter 13 - Parasites In The Wilds of Southeastern Rehoboth Bay, pp. 201-225

Chapter 14 - Within-Snail Battles?, pp. 227-242

Chapter 15 - Distances Traveled at a Snail’s Pace, pp. 243-259

Chapter 16 - Parasites and Where Host Snails Go and What They Do, pp. 261-279

Chapter 17 - How Snails Here and There Get to Have Different Features, pp. 281-301

Chapter 18 - The Ending, pp. 303-325



      Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2010
   Pages: 6 x 9, 342pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60876-595-9
   Status: AV
Status Code Description
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FM Formatting
PP Page Proofs
FP Final Production
EP Editorial Production
PR At Prepress
AP At Press
AV Available
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