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The Epic History Of Biology - Anthony Serafini

The Epic History Of Biology

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780738205779
Number Of Pages: 408

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The search for our elusive human origins and an understanding of the mysteries of the human body have challenged the most inquisitive and imaginative thinkers from Egyptian times through the twentieth century. In The Epic History of Biology, Anthony Serafini - a distinguished philosopher and historian of science - regales the reader with the triumphs and failures of the geniuses of the life sciences. The subtleties of the animal kingdom - anatomy, zoology, and reproduction - along with the complexities of the plant kingdom, have fascinated humanity as far back as 5000 years ago. Astounding ancient knowledge of the arcane curing powers of herbs as well as early experimentation with different chemical combinations for such purposes as mummification led to today's biological technology. Innovative pioneers such as Aristotle, Galen, Hippocrates, and Vesalius challenged the limits of knowledge and single-mindedly pursued their work, often in the face of blind superstition. In superb, lyrical prose Serafini recreates the ideas and theories of these revolutionaries from ancient times through today, against the backdrop of the dogma and prejudices of their time. He explores the inspired revelations that gave birth to such discoveries as the controversial theory of evolution, the humble origins of genetics, the fantastic predictions of quantum mechanics, and the infinite promise of computer technology. Even today the biological sciences are undergoing rapid and kaleidoscopic changes. Every new insight gives rise to a myriad of new ethical questions and responsibilities. The Epic History of Biology confronts these issues head on and predicts the wondrous new directions biology will follow.

Prefacep. v
The Beginningsp. 1
Mesopotamiap. 9
Greek Medicinep. 15
Romep. 45
Chatter 5p. 55
Chatter 6p. 59
Pestilence in the Renaissancep. 69
The Age of Vesaliusp. 75
The Harvey Erap. 89
The Age of Newtonp. 103
The Microscope and Leeuwenhoekp. 111
The Meeting of Biology and Chemistryp. 117
Ray and the Emergence of Cell Theoryp. 125
The Age of Linnaeus and the Enlightenmentp. 139
Lamarck and His Systemp. 171
The Rise of Paleontologyp. 185
Biology in the Victorian Erap. 195
Darwin and His Agep. 209
Embryology and Biochemistry in the Darwinian Erap. 233
The Age of Pasteur and the Development of the Microscopep. 249
Biology in the Twentieth Centuryp. 269
T. H. Morgan and the Rise of Geneticsp. 291
On the Trail of Dnap. 331
Evolution and Genetic Engineeringp. 363
Epiloguep. 371
Endnotesp. 373
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780738205779
ISBN-10: 073820577X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 14.48  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1

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