New PDF release: A History of the Life Sciences, Revised and Expanded

By Lois N. Magner

ISBN-10: 0824708245

ISBN-13: 9780824708245

ISBN-10: 0824743601

ISBN-13: 9780824743604

I skimmed this e-book for heritage details, and used to be inspired that Magner's didn't interpret and decide old heritage on a contemporary technological know-how foundation, yet really offered and evaluated every one scientist as he handled the data he had, answering the questions provided to him by way of the tradition during which he lived. Magner additionally did rather well explaining clinical principles to me -- a a bit of scientifically proficient, yet non-science significant.

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If either liquid is added drop by drop to the other, the eye cannot perceive any change in color until a significant quantity has been added. Although our senses tell us no change has occurred, reason knows that our senses have been deceived. ATOMS AND THE VOID The speculations of the early natural philosophers might be thought of as ingenious approaches to understanding the nature of the universe, the earth, and its living beings, but their theories appear to have no direct counterparts in modern science.

Ca. ) and Democritus (ca. ). Leucippus may have been the first philosopher to develop a cosmology in which atoms served as the first principles. Democritus, who refined the theory and explored its implications, might have been his pupil. Like Empedocles, Democritus wrestled with the puzzles posed by Parmenides in constructing his own cosmology. Both Leucippus and Democritus postulated a world composed of innumerable atoms in perpetual motion through the infinite void of empty space. The atoms are uncreated Origins of the Life Sciences 23 and eternal and do not undergo actual change or destruction, but things appear to come into being through their combinations, whereas their separation is interpreted as destruction.

Natural affinities must be determined by investigating many traits, including structure, behavior, habitat, means of locomotion, and reproduction. Like Democritus, Aristotle began by dividing animals into groups with and without red blood, but he concluded that a more refined hierarchy could be constructed by arranging animals according to means of reproduction and level of development of birth. The group that we call mammals was at the top because the members of this group are warm and moist, not earthly.

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