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The Rise of Experimental Biology provides a narrative on the highlight s of evolution of the science of biology. This volume starts with the natural world portrayed in prehistoric times and the functional biolog y of Mesopotamia and Egypt. It then describes the unique development i n Greece of non- religious accounts of Nature. In particular this sect ion deals with The Heroic age of rational explanations and rational cr iticism, the Alexandria age of systemized knowledge and the Roman peri od of consolidation. The next section deals with the tragic loss of th is information due to the collapse of the Roman empire, and the few te xts that were spared in monasteries. The text goes on to explore the d ifferent schools of thought on Natural Models of biological function, and their influences. In this work, the mechanics of evolution are inv estigated as well as the link between the new revolution presented by molecular biology, and the vigorous "postmodernist" attack on science.

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Editorial Reviews

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Foreword by Robert Boutilier, PhD, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

"This is a book that will entertain as well as inform a broad audience, from natural philosophers to experimental biologists to medical scientists...[It] is a celebration of the intellectual evolution of the science of physiology and medicine as well as being a socially conscious reminder of our privileged place in nature. I commend it to you."

-Bob Boutilier, PhD, Cambridge University

"a highly readable and attractive book that is both informative and entertaining. . .In relatively short, pithy, and generously-illustrated chapters, Lutz tells the story of biological discovery from the prehistoric cave painters and their intriguing and naturalistic portrayals of their prey animals, on through the major contributions by the Mesopotamians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Arab world, and the European periods from the Middle Ages, to the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and into the modern era. His account makes clear that the growth of biological knowledge was by no means a smooth progression, but rather a highly erratic one that advanced rapidly at certain times and then stagnated or regressed as societies favored orthodoxy or mysticism over curiosity and rationality. The book does an excellent job in tracing the development of ideas, and introducing us to the remarkable individuals who were the scientific giants of their times. An appropriate addition on the office bookshelf or for the home library, it is a volume that can be savored in small chapter-sized bites or devoured by an avid reader in a single sitting. Some may simply wish to leaf through and enjoy the illustrations. However it is read, it is a most valuable contribution and both an accessible and timely introduction to the history of biology."-Journal for Experimental BiologyR>

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Providing an overview of the birth and development of experimental biology, this book describes the major milestones in the discipline's history. Recounting its story from the earliest records to the 20th century, the book identifies the historical influences shaping the modern scientific method. It also places contemporary experimental biology in its social context, and considers its occasional mis-use for social or political gain. Lutz teaches biology at Florida Atlantic University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617372131
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/8/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 201
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 8.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Science is Improbable

The Beginnings

Myth and Magic



Early Greek Science

The Milesians

The Post-Milesians

The Soul. Summary

The Age of Plato and Aristotle

Plato and Theory

Aristotle and Observation

The Alexandrian Period: The Age of the Experiment and the Textbook

The Roman Period




The Dark Ages.

Islamic Science

Scholasticism and Science

The Renaissance: The Birth of Science

The Renaissance: The Birth of Experimental Biology

The New Physiology



New Technology, New Physiology

The New World of the Very Small

Vital Air

Reaction and Opposition

The Enlightenment and Rational Biology

Rational Biology

The Emergence of Physiology

Transition to the 19th Century: Popular Science, Eccentric Science, and Romantic Physiology

Hunter and Spallanzani: The Last Great All-Rounders

The Science Museum: Collecting and Displaying

Romantic Physiology

The Consolidation of Experimental Biology


Metabolic Chemistry

Internal Secretions

Renal Physiology



New Fields

Evolution and Physiology

Physiology Abused


Reckless Intervention

Evolutionary Genetics and Social Repression


What is Science?

Biology Today

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    Wonderful book... A must read!!!!

    With great narrative skill, Peter Lutz, Ph.D., takes the reader on a fascinating and sometimes humorous journey through the development of experimental physiology and medicine. As the title implies, The Rise of Experimental Biology, An Illustrated History, is an wonderfully illustrated text, which combined with short, well written chapters makes this book an easy read for both scientist and nonscientist alike. I highly encourage this book for anyone interested in learning the remarkable but sometimes torturous history of modern physiology and medicine.

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