4.10: Introduction to the Process of Science - Biology

What you’ll learn to do: Describe biology as a science and identify the key components of scientific inquiry

Like geology, physics, and chemistry, biology is a science that gathers knowledge about the natural world. Whatever its goal, there is no doubt that science, including biology, has transformed human existence and will continue to do so.

The Science of Cooking: Understanding the Biology and Chemistry Behind Food and Cooking

Written as a textbook with an online laboratory manual for students and adopting faculties, this work is intended for non-science majors / liberal studies science courses and will cover a range of scientific principles of food, cooking and the science of taste and smell. Chapters include: The Science of Food and Nutrition of Macromolecules Science of Taste and Smell Milk, Cream, and Ice Cream, Metabolism and Fermentation Cheese, Yogurt, and Sour Cream Browning Fruits and Vegetables Meat, Fish, and Eggs Dough, Cakes, and Pastry Chilies, Herbs, and Spices Beer and Wine and Chocolate, Candy and Other Treats. Each chapters begins with biological, chemical, and /or physical principles underlying food topics, and a discussion of what is happening at the molecular level. This unique approach is unique should be attractive to chemistry, biology or biochemistry departments looking for a new way to bring students into their classroom. There are no pre-requisites for the course and the work is appropriate for all college levels and majors.



A brief and accessible introduction to molecular biology for students and professionals who want to understand this rapidly expanding field.

Recent research in molecular biology has produced a remarkably detailed understanding of how living things operate. Becoming conversant with the intricacies of molecular biology and its extensive technical vocabulary can be a challenge, though, as introductory materials often seem more like a barrier than an invitation to the study of life. This text offers a concise and accessible introduction to molecular biology, requiring no previous background in science, aimed at students and professionals in fields ranging from engineering to journalism—anyone who wants to get a foothold in this rapidly expanding field. It will be particularly useful for computer scientists exploring computational biology. A reader who has mastered the information in The Processes of Life is ready to move on to more complex material in almost any area of contemporary biology.



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Lawrence E. Hunter


The Processes of Life is an excellent introduction to molecular biology and, at only $40, a tremendous value. By deconstructing an exceedingly complicated body of information into a set of core principles, Hunter provides the reader with a framework for grasping the strengths and challenges of modern biology. this book's clarity and frankness make it an invaluable resource for any person, from any profession, seeking an introduction to molecular biology.

Andrea L. Suárez, PhD and Robert P. Dellavalle, MD, PhD

MSPH Journal of the American Medical Association


This is a must read for any educated person who wants a clear and highly readable introduction to molecular biology.

Professor of History and Economics, Iowa State University

Lawrence Hunter has once again taken a complicated field and reduced it to a set of key principles and associated examples. His writing style mirrors his personality—enthusiastic, frank, and to the point. This book is a great way for those with a technical background to get up to speed on modern biology and the wealth of challenges it provides.

Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, and Medicine, Chairman, Department of Bioengineering, and Director, Biomedical Informatics Training Program, Stanford University

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