A Short History of Biology by Isaac Asimov PDF

By Isaac Asimov

ISBN-10: 0313225834

ISBN-13: 9780313225833

In four hundred B.C., while Hippocrates wrote a booklet claiming that epilepsy, the “sacred disease,” used to be a ordinary ailment and never a visitation of demons, the technological know-how if biology could be acknowledged to have began. in view that then, curious naturalists have studied animals and plans, medical professionals hae sought solutions to very sensible questions. The technological know-how of biology has grown—slowly in the beginning, preventing and beginning back, and construction within the final century to a crescendo that has no longer but reached its peak.

This concise, authoritative e-book strains the intriguing improvement of the technological know-how of lifestyles, from the traditional Greeks during the huge success of Charles Darwin to the explosive progress of molecular biology that's leading to today’s nice breakthroughs in genetics and drugs. Written via Isaac Asimov, affiliate Professor of Biochemistry at Boston college and writer of diverse books on technological know-how, this can be a hugely readable, vibrant creation to the heritage and ideas of biology.

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However, he traveled to Italy once his education was complete and there he entered a more ter), victory of the liberal intellectual atmosphere. de' Luzzi's old habit of He reintroduced doing his own Mondino and dissections, did not allow himself to be influenced by old Greek when his eyes disagreed with those views. The book he published, as the result of his observations, was the first accurate book on human anatomy ever views had great advantages over First, it came in an age when printing had been discovered and was in use, so that thousands of copies could be broadcast over Europe.

For mechanists, who held that the same laws governed both the animate and inanimate worlds, microorganisms had a special importance. They seemed to serve almost as a bridge between life and nonlife. If it could be shown that such microorganisms actually formed from dead matter, the bridge would be complete— and easily crossed. By the same token, the vitalist view, if valid, would require that, however simple life might be, there must still remain an unbridgeable gulf between it and inanimate matter.

However, he traveled to Italy once his education was complete and there he entered a more ter), victory of the liberal intellectual atmosphere. de' Luzzi's old habit of He reintroduced doing his own Mondino and dissections, did not allow himself to be influenced by old Greek when his eyes disagreed with those views. The book he published, as the result of his observations, was the first accurate book on human anatomy ever views had great advantages over First, it came in an age when printing had been discovered and was in use, so that thousands of copies could be broadcast over Europe.

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