The Ovary of Eve: Egg and Sperm and Preformation

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University of Chicago Press, 1 dic. 2007 - 420 páginas
The Ovary of Eve is a rich and often hilarious account of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century efforts to understand conception. In these early years of the Scientific Revolution, the most intelligent men and women of the day struggled to come to terms with the origins of new life, and one theory—preformation—sparked an intensely heated debate that continued for over a hundred years. Clara Pinto-Correia traces the history of this much maligned theory through the cultural capitals of Europe.

"The most wonderfully eye-opening, or imagination-opening book, as amusing as it is instructive."—Mary Warnock, London Observer

"[A] fascinating and often humorous study of a reproductive theory that flourished from the mid-17th century to the mid-18th century."—Nina C. Ayoub, Chronicle of Higher Education

"More than just a good story, The Ovary of Eve is an object lesson about the history of science: Don't trust it. . . . Pinto-Correia says she wants to tell the story of history's losers. In doing so, she makes defeat sound more appealing than victory."—Emily Eakin, Nation.

"A sparkling history of preformation as it once affected every facet of European culture."—Robert Taylor, Boston Globe
 

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THE OVARY OF EVE: Egg and Sperm and Preformation

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The origins of humankind have inspired endless speculation in myth, religion, philosophy, and science. In this scholarly volume, Portuguese developmental biologist Pinto-Correia elaborates on the ... Leer reseña completa

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Pinto-Correia is a professor of Developmental Biology at Universidade Lusofona, in Lisbon, Portugal. The preformation theory of development flourished in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. The ... Leer reseña completa

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Prologue Dare to Know
1
1 All About Eve
16
2 All About Adam
65
3 One Does Not See the Wind
105
4 Hopeful Monsters
136
5 Frogs with Boxer Shorts
183
6 The H Word
211
7 The Music of the Spheres
242
8 Magical Numbers
274
Epilogue The Fat Lady Will Not Sing
302
Notes
313
Bibliography
361
Index
377
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