Louis Pasteur and the Founding of Microbiology

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Louis Pasteur knew from a young age that he wanted to become a scientist. He dreamed of using science to end the suffering caused by disease. During his productive life, Pasteur made critical breakthroughs in understanding how germs cause illness and in developing treatments and vaccines for rabies and other diseases. He developed a technique for heating wine, milk, and other beverages that protects them from spoiling. He also saved the French silk industry by unraveling the mysterious diseases that were killing ...
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Overview

Louis Pasteur knew from a young age that he wanted to become a scientist. He dreamed of using science to end the suffering caused by disease. During his productive life, Pasteur made critical breakthroughs in understanding how germs cause illness and in developing treatments and vaccines for rabies and other diseases. He developed a technique for heating wine, milk, and other beverages that protects them from spoiling. He also saved the French silk industry by unraveling the mysterious diseases that were killing silkworms. Heralded in his lifetime as the greatest scientist of his age, Pasteur was also a difficult man who was accused of taking credit for the work of his assistants. Louis Pasteur and the Founding of Microbiology reveals both the private and public aspects of the scientist who made visible the invisible world of microorganisms, forever altering our understanding of the nature of disease.

Follows the life and career of the French scientist who proved the existence of germs and their connection with diseases.

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Pasteur's most famous accomplishment was most likely his development of pasteurization for wine, milk and other beverages. This discovery benefited France because it allowed French wines to be shipped around the world. Pasteur's discovery of diseases that were killing silkworms helped save the country's silkworm industry. Looking at the world through his microscope, Pasteur proved the existence of germs and their connection with diseases. This led to the discovery of vaccines and to the recognition of the importance of sanitation in preventing contagious diseases. This biography provides a detailed and interesting account of the French scientist Louis Pasteur's life, explaining his research and noting his weaknesses. The science is definitely readable, particularly for teens interested in science and the medical field. The book includes colorful illustrations, portrait reproductions and Pasteur's own drawings. The biography concludes with a timeline of Pasteur's life, a list of sources, a bibliography, and a list of websites where readers can learn more. This biography is the first in the series, "Renaissance Scientists." 2004, Morgan Reynolds Publishing, Ages 12 up.
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Gr 9 Up-Although Pasteur is best known for his process of heating liquids to kill the harmful microbes in them, his other accomplishments include contributions to public health, research that helped to save France's silk industry, and the creation of several vaccines. The first chapter opens with the scientist's decision to treat a young boy for rabies, even though the vaccine was still in the developmental stages. Ackerman then makes an awkward transition to a description of Pasteur's birth and childhood. The rest of the book flows more smoothly, chronologically following the chemist's life and work. The author presents an interesting look at a man who was driven to succeed, clearly explains the scientific principles behind his discoveries, and incorporates questions that have since arisen about his research methodology. The numerous full-color reproductions, including portraits and some of Pasteur's own drawings, enhance the text. Students interested in science, biology, or medicine will find this an interesting account.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781931798136
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Profiles in Science Ser.
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Dangerous Decision 11
Chapter 2 Emerging Scientist 27
Chapter 3 Fermentation 41
Chapter 4 Pasteurization 47
Chapter 5 Saving Silkworms 62
Chapter 6 Anthrax 79
Chapter 7 Vaccines 89
Chapter 8 The Invisible Virus 107
Chapter 9 Pasteur Passes On 123
Timeline 132
Sources 134
Bibliography 139
Websites 141
Index 142
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