Too often, when studying biology, students think that lone brilliant people discovered the concepts and phenomena they encounter in classrooms. Doing Biology is an online textbook that teaches biology through the lens of the individuals who devoted their lives to making some of the fundamental breakthroughs that occurred in the 20th century. Unfortunately, Doing Biology reinforces the notion of the individual toiling alone in the lab or in the field, and sometimes against the odds.

Written in 1996, Doing Biology is divided into four units. They include ecology and behavior, organismal biology, cellular biology, and evolution and diversity. Each unit is composed of chapters devoted to individual scientists who made legendary discoveries. By clicking on the...

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