Biology and Its Makers

Biology and Its Makers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... richer in meaning than Cuvicr's, was arising. The edifice on the foundation of Von Bacr's work was now emerging into recognizable outlines. The Period Of Balfour, With An Indication Of Present Tendencies Balfour's Masterly Work.--The workers of this period inherited all the accumulations of previous efforts, and the time was ripe for a new step. Observations on the development of different animals, vertebrates and invertebrates, had accumulated in great number, but they were scattered through technical periodicals, transactions of learned societies, monographs, etc., and there was no compact science of embryology with definite outlines. Balfour reviewed all this mass of information, digested it, and molded it into an organized whole. The results were published in the form of two volumes with the title of Comparative Embryology. This book of "almost priceless value" was given to the world in 1880-1881. It was a colossal undertaking, but Balfour was Fig. 69.--Francis M. Balfour, 1851-1882. a phenomenal worker. Before his untimely death at the age of thirty-one, he had been able to complete this work and to produce, besides, a large number of technical researches. The period of Balfour is taken arbitrarily in this volume as beginning about 1874, when he published, with Michael Foster, The Elements o Embryology. His University Career.--Balfour (Fig. 69) was bom in 1851. During his days of preparation for the university he was a good student, but did not exhibit in any marked way the powers for which later he became distinguished. At Cambridge, his distinguished teacher, the late Sir Michael Foster, recognized his great talents, and encouraged him to begin work in embryology. His labors in this field once begun, he threw himself into it...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490991
  • 9781236490995