From cells to organisms : re-envisioning cell theory / Sherrie L. Lyons.
- Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, 2020.
xiv, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- "More than a history, From Cells to Organisms delves into the nature of scientific practice, showing that results are interpreted not only through the lens of a microscope, but also through the lens of particular ideas and prior philosophical commitments. Before the twentieth century, heredity and development were considered to be complementary aspects of the fundamental problem of generation, but later became distinct disciplines with the rise of genetics. Focusing on how cell theory shaped investigations of development, this book delves into evolution, vitalism, the role of the nucleus, and the concept of biological individuality. Building upon current research from biologists such as Daniel Mazia, From Cells to Organisms covers ongoing debates over cell theory and uses interesting case studies to examine the nature of scientific practice, the role of prestige, and the dynamics of theory change."-- Provided by publisher.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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