Louis Pasteur and the Founding of Microbiologyby Jane Ackerman
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.
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