A History of the Life Sciences, Revised and Expanded / Edition 3

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A clear and concise survey of the major themes and theories embedded in the history of life science, this book covers the development and significance of scientific methodologies, the relationship between science and society, and the diverse ideologies and current paradigms affecting the evolution and progression of biological studies. The author discusses cell theory, embryology, physiology, microbiology, evolution, genetics, and molecular biology; the Human Genome Project; and genomics and proteomics. Covering the philosophies of ancient civilizations to modern advances in genomics and molecular biology, the book is a unique and comprehensive resource.

Places modern experiences within framework of historical issues/presents history of biology as part of social history

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A text for a one-semester survey course that Magner hopes will also be of interest to general readers and to teachers helping their students think about the interplay between science and society. The evolution of theories and methods, interactions among various disciplines, and the diverse attitudes and assumptions that scientists have used to approach the phenomena of life are pivotal themes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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A revised and reorganized edition of Magner's (history, Purdue U.) sweeping history of biological knowledge, from the primitive observations of early herders and butchers through the speculation of the classical Greeks and the bad days of medieval magic and alchemy, to the glorious scientific revolution and the latest advances in molecular biology. The date of the first edition is not noted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824708245
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 1,297,338
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

The Origins of the Life Sciences
The Greek Legacy
The Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution
The Foundations of Modern Science: Institutions and Instruments
Problems in Generation: Organisms, Embryos, and Cells
Physiology
Microbiology, Virology, and Immunology
Evolution
Genetics
Molecular Biology

Index

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