Science - further reading guide

Science - further reading guide

Libcom's guide to further reading on the sciences and the scientific method.

a. Biology
*Richard Lewontin/Richard Levins/Steven Rose/Leon Kamin:
Dialectical Biologist - Lewontin/Levins
Biology Under the Influence - Lewontin/Levins
Towards A Liberatory Biology - Steven Rose (Ed.)
Against Biological Determinism - Steven Rose (Ed.)
The Radicalisation of Science - Hilary Rose/Steven Rose
The Making of Memory - Steven Rose
21st Century Brain - Steven Rose
The Conscious Brain - Steven Rose
The Chemistry of Life - Steven Rose
Science &Society - Hilary Rose/Steven Rose
Genes, Cells and Brains: Bioscience's Promethean Promises - Hilary Rose/Steven Rose
Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds? - Hilary Rose / Steven Rose
Human Diversity - Richard Lewontin
Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA - Lewontin
The DNA Myth: The Gene As A Cultural Icon. Dorothy Nelkin/MS Lindee

Critiques/discussions of sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, modularity
Defenders of the truth - Segerstrale, U.
Vaulting Ambition – Kitcher, P.
Adapting Minds - Buller, D.
Aping Mankind - Tallis, R.
Why The Mind Is Not A Computer - Tallis, R.
Evolutionary Psychology as Maladapted Psychology - Richardson, RC.
Sociobiology Examined - Montagu, A. (ed)
Alas, Poor Darwin: Arguments Against Evolutionary Psychology - Hilary Rose/ Steven Rose
Not in Our Genes - Lewontin/Rose/Kamin
The Use & Abuse of Biology - M.Sahlins
The Mind Doesn't Work That Way - Jerry Fodor
Modularity of Mind - Jerry Fodor
Getting Darwin Wrong - Brendan Wallace

Critiques/discussions of IQ studies
The Science and Politics of I.Q. - Kamin
Leon Kamin vs Hans Eysenck: Intelligence: the battle for the mind
The Mismeasure of Man - SJ Gould
From Genesis To Genocide: the meaning of human nature and the power of behavior control - Stephan Chorover
*The IQ Myth - Mensh/Mensh
The Genius in All of Us - D Shenk
The Bell Curve Wars – S. Fraser, Ed.
Race & IQ - A.Montagu (ed.)
Education & Class: the irrelevance of IQ genetic studies. Richard Lewontin & Michel Schiff
Are we getting smarter? Rising IQ in the 21st century - J. Flynn
The IQ Controversy - N. Block & G. Dworkin (eds)
Equality: Language Development, Human Intelligence, and Social Organization - N. Chomsky, in Walter Feinberg (ed), Equality and Social Policy. Reprinted in C.P. Otero (ed) Chomsky On Democracy & Education, and in J. Peck (ed) The Chomsky Reader
Race And Intelligence: The Fallacies Behind The Race IQ Controversy - Ken Richardson
Race, Culture & Intelligence - Richardson, Spears, and Richards (Eds)

*Stephen J. Gould:
Ever Since Darwin
The Panda's Thumb
Hen's Teeth and Horses Toes
The Flamingo's Smile
Bully For Brontosaurus
Wonderful Life
An Urchin In The Storm
Eight Little Piggies
The Mismeasure of Man
Full House
Leonardo’s Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms
The Richness of Life - collection edited by Paul McGarr & Steven Rose
--- About Gould ---
The Science & Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould - Clark & York
Stephen Jay Gould and the Politics of Evolution - DF Prindle
Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life - Warren D. Allmon (Editor), Patricia H. Kelley (Editor), Robert M. Ross

*Niles Eldridge:
The Monkey Business: A Scientist Looks at Creationism
Unfinished Synthesis
The Myths of Human Evolution
Time Frames

Roger Lewin/Richard Leakey:
People of The Lake
Origins Reconsidered
Life at The Edge of Chaos (Lewin)
Complexity (Lewin)

E. Mayr:
Animal Species and Evolution
The Growth of Biological Thought*
Populations, Species and Evolution
The Evolutionary Synthesis: Perspectives On The Unification of Biology (w/ Will Provine)
What Makes Biology Unique?
Towards a New Philosophy of Biology

The Prince of Evolution - Lee Dugatkin
The Undiscovered Mind - John Horgan
The Language of Genes - S. Jones
*Mankind Evolving - Dobzhansky
*Lucy - Donald Johanson
The Seas Around Us - Rachel Carson
The Atheist and the Holy City - G. Klein
Primate Paradigms – Fedigan
The Ontogeny of Information – S. Oyama
Sex and Friendship in Baboons – Smuts
Primate Societies – Smuts, et al. Eds.
Biological Politics – Sayers
Biology: A Self-Teaching Guide – Garber
Biological Science – Keeton

History & philosophy of biology/science
The Politics of Evolution: Morphology, Medicine and Reform in Radical London - A. Desmond
Darwin's Sacred Cause - Desmond/Moore
Science on Trial - D. Futuyama
Science Wars - Ross
*Abusing Science - P. Kitcher
Science & Creationism - A.Montagu (ed.)
Free Radicals: the secret anarchy of science - Michael Brooks
Critique of Intelligent Design - Foster, Clark and York
Evolution: history of an idea - P. Bowler
Rebels, Mavericks and Heretics in Biology - Oren Harman / Michael Dietrich
The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness - O. Harman

Science & Gender
Myths of Gender – A. Fausto-Sterling
Sexing the body - A.Fausto-Sterling
Delusions of Gender - Cordelia Fine

b. Physics
*Cosmos - Carl Sagan
*Order Out of Chaos - Ilya Prigogene
The Big Bang Never Happened – E. J. Lerner
The Strange Story of the Quantum – Banesh Hoffman
Causality and Chance in Modern Physics – D. Bohm
Making a New Science - Gleick
A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
Chaos - James Gleick
The Arrow of Time - P. Coveney/R. Highfield
The Quark and the Jaguar - M. Gell-Mann
Complexity - M. Waldrop

*Hannes Alfven:
Cosmic Plasma
On the Origin of the Solar System
Structure and Evolutionary History of the Solar System
Worlds-Antiworlds: Anti-Matter in Cosmology

*Basic Physics – Kuhn
*Physics the Easy Way – Lehrman
*Six Easy Pieces/Six Not-So-Easy Pieces – Feynman, Davies, Ed.
My View of The World – Schrodinger
Space-Time Structure – Schrodinger
The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics – Schrodinger
Dreams of a Final Theory – Weinberg
*Science and The Retreat From Reason – Gillot/Kumar
Mathematics for Physicists - Dennery

Albert Einstein:
The Evolution of Physics (with Infeld)
The Meaning of Relativity
Essays in Physics

c. Chemistry
General Chemistry - Linus Pauling
The Development of Chemical Principles – Langford/Beebe
The Historical Background of Chemistry – Leicester
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics – Pauling
Modern Quantum Chemistry – Szabo
Thermodynamics of Irreversible Process – Haase
The Chemistry of Life - Steven Rose
Chemistry the easy Way – Macetta
Chemistry: Concepts and Problems – Houk/Post
Schaum’s Outline of Theory and Problems of College Chemistry - Rosenberg
The Chemistry of Life - S. Rose

d. Geology
Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle - S.J. Gould
Basic Paleontology – Benton/Harper
The Earth: An introduction to Physical Geology – Tarbuck/Lutgens
Origin and Evolution: Principles of Historical Geology – Condie/Sloan

e. Mathematics
*A History of Mathematics - Boyer/Merzbach
A Concise History of Mathematics - Dirk J. Struik
Capitalism and Arithmetic - Swetz
The Art of Mathematics – King
*A-Plus Notes for Algebra – Rong yang
*College Algebra – Leff
*Algebra the Easy Way – Downing/Detrich
*Calculus the easy Way – Downing
Advanced Calculus – Widder
Basic Calculus: From Archimedes to Newton to its Role in Science – Hahn
Calculus and Analytic Geometry – Thomas
Geometry – Jacobs, Ed.
Geometry: A Comprehensive Course - Pedoe

*Schaum’s Outlines:
Theory and Problems of Beginning Linear Algebra
Theory and Problems of Matrix Operations
Theory and Problems of Differential Equations
Theory and Problems of Linear Algebra
Abstract Algebra
General Topology
Group Theory
Advanced Calculus
Outline of Calculus
Theory and Problems of Beginning Calculus
Theory and Problems of Pre-Calculus

f. Medicine
*Dangerous To Your Health - V. Navarro
*The Second Sickness - H. Waitzkin
The Social Transformation of American Medicine - P. Starr
The Youngest Science - L. Thomas
Bad Science - Ben Goldacre
Bad Pharma - Ben Goldacre

h. Science, Capitalism and Method
*The Political Economy of Science - H. Rose/S. Rose
*Science and Society - H. Rose/S. Rose
Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge – di Leonardo, Ed.
*Marxism and the Philosophy of Science – Sheehan
*Marxism and Modern Science – Alan Wood
Science in History – J. D. Bernal
A People's History of Science: miners, midwives and 'low mechanicks' - C.D. Conner
Reflections on Gender and Science - Keller
Feminism and Science - Tuana
The Revolutionary Ideas of Frederick Engels (International Socialism 65, 1994)
Order Out of Chaos - P. McGarr (International Socialism 48, 1990)
*The Advancement of Science - P. Kitcher
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - T. Kuhn

Martin Gardner:
Science: Good, Bad, Bogus
The New Age

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Apr 19 2013 19:33

A couple of articles on science from Chris Knight:

[url=]The Science of Solidarity[/url]

[url=]Marxism and Science[/url]

Noam Chomsky: Politics or Science?

Jul 31 2013 00:08

I recommend the Feynman Lectures on Physics,
Fearless Symmetry on symmetry in maths,
and the Meaning of Quantum Theory.

Also a better book than Schaum's Outlines on Abstract Algebra is Pinter's A book of Abstract Algebra