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A History of Biology

Michel Morange

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Naturwissenschaften, Medizin, Informatik, Technik / Naturwissenschaften allgemein


A comprehensive history of the biological sciences from antiquity to the modern era

This book presents a global history of the biological sciences from ancient times to today, providing needed perspective on the development of biological thought while shedding light on the field's upheavals and key breakthroughs through the ages. Michel Morange brings to life the dynamic interplay of science, society, and biology’s many subdisciplines, enabling readers to better appreciate the interdisciplinary exchanges that have shaped the field over the centuries.

Each chapter of this incisive book focuses on a specific period in the history of biology, describing the major transformations that occurred, the enduring scientific concerns behind these changes, and the implications of yesterday's science for today's. Morange covers everything from the first cell theory to the origins of the concept of ecosystems, and offers perspectives on areas that are often neglected by historians of biology, such as ecology, ethology, and plant biology. Along the way, he highlights the contributions of technology, the important role of hypothesis and experimentation, and the cultural contexts in which some of the most breathtaking discoveries in biology were made.

Unrivaled in scope and written by a world-renowned historian of science, A History of Biology is an ideal introduction for students and experts alike, and essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the present state of biological knowledge.

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Michel Morange



Atomism, Cell theory, In vitro, Synthetic biology, Theory, Wilhelm Roux, Zoology, Bacteria, Philosophy of science, Pasteur Institute, Stem cell, Evolutionary biology, Mutation, Microbiologist, Biochemist, Enzyme, Physicist, Ecology, Ethology, Fertilisation, Preformationism, Molecular biology, Disease, Emergence, Molecule, Thought, Cell biology, Evolutionary developmental biology, Andrea Cesalpino, Digestion, Writing, Genetic engineering, Evolution, Analogy, Biogeography, Recapitulation theory, Organism, Holism, Georges Cuvier, Hypothesis, French Academy of Sciences, Geneticist, Orthogenesis, Pathogen, Epigenetics, Cancer cell, Darwinism, Eugenics, Anatomy, Protein, Embryology, Fungus, Botany, Epigenesis (biology), Physiology, Antibody, Spontaneous generation, Treatise, Genetics, Biologist, Heredity, Scientist, Explanation, Chromosome, Embryo, Erasistratus, Vitalism, Abiogenesis, Scientific theory, Lamarckism, Microorganism, Paracelsus, Nucleic acid, Experiment, Gene, Paleontology, Metabolism, Cell division, Regulation of gene expression, Physician, Artery, Meiosis, Charles Darwin, Natural selection, Reproduction, Hormone, Morphogenesis, On Plants, Biochemistry, Embryogenesis, Biology, Population genetics, Modern evolutionary synthesis, Circulatory system, Science, Amino acid, Mendelian inheritance, Systems biology, Microbiology, Mammal