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.
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
Microbiology, Virology, and Immunology
"Given its clear and lucid discussion of potentially confusing concepts and tangled history, this will be a valuable addition to general science collections serving undergraduate and graduate programs in biology and allied life sciences."
- E-Streams, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2003