I'll explain briefly what I need (hoping to find something) :

I wanted to know if someone knew about a book that in a way or another talked about the greatest experiments in biology (Griffith, Avery-MacLeod-MacCarty, Hershey-Chase) or methods normally used to study certain phenomena for example, and explaining or talking about the paradigm used in biology research in such cases.

I know it might sound too vague, but I will have a kind of 'exam' essay, in which in addition to the biologic phenomena asked in terms of "notions" one will also have to suggest a 'method of investigation' to study it.

And my main problem is that in school just the theory is normally taught and not the practical approach to such topics, so I really lack knowledge in this.

So what I'm asking is whether there is a certain book or even a suggested approach that I might start using that might help me in learning what I explained above.

Thank you for your help!

  • $\begingroup$ Honestly, someone needs to write this book. $\endgroup$
    – skymningen
    Apr 14, 2016 at 8:30
  • $\begingroup$ Microbe hunters is an excellent book which will fulfill your requirements. You will get an insight into the working of some of the greatest minds.... $\endgroup$
    – biogirl
    Apr 15, 2016 at 9:56

2 Answers 2


Although it's not stricly about biology, A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson, especially chapter 5, is a good start to look for historical experiments.


The Eighth Day of Creation by Horace Freeland Judson is quite good, in the genre you're looking for. Also, Science as a way of Knowing may fit the bill.


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