Wholphins and Other Wonders of Bio for Biz Majors

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Amy Martin for The Chronicle Review

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Amy Martin for The Chronicle Review

Twice a week for an hour and a half, the nonmajors come to hear me talk about biology. (Both of us teach nonmajors. We're using the first person throughout this essay to avoid confusion, but the experiences we describe could have happened to either one or both of us.) I tell them about muscles, that they are composed of fibers. That the fibers are capable only of contracting. That each muscle attaches to a bone at two places. "So the nerve endings have junctions with the muscle bundles, and