Hydra and the Birth of Experimental Biology, 1744: Abraham Trembley's Mememoirs concerning the natural history of a type of freshwater polyp with arms shaped like horns

By: Lenhoff, Sylvia G.; Lenhoff, Howard M.

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Well illustrated, (including many folding plates), large octavo, pp xvi, 190, slight foxing of the top-edge, otherwise extremely clean internally, pictorial boards a little marked, otherwise a very good copy. With presengtation inscription to Professor Peter brunet signed by both authors. [Trembley (1710 - 1784) was a Swiss naturalist. He is best known for being the first to study freshwater polyps or hydra and for being among the first to develop experimental zoology. His mastery of experimental method has led some historians of science to credit him as the "father of biology". While Trembley thought he had discovered a new species, Leeuwenhoek had in fact first published on hydra in a 1702-1703 volume of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, describing them as a type of "animalculum". In his work Leeuwenhoek clearly described the process of budding, as well as their tentacles' contractility and the presence of cnidocyte batteries on tentacles. Trembley's findings were published in a groundbreaking book in 1744, Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire d'un genre de polypes d'eau douce, Leiden, The book includes some of the (engraved) drawings of Pronk. His discoveries lead to his membership of the prestigious Royal Society in London and a correspondent member of the académie des sciences in France. He became also recipient of the Copley medal. Some attribute Trembley as being the first to study stem cells, although he obviously did not refer to them as such. Trembley did however make note of their incredible regenerative capacity.]

Title: Hydra and the Birth of Experimental Biology, 1744: Abraham Trembley's Mememoirs concerning the natural history of a type of freshwater polyp with arms shaped like horns

Author Name: Lenhoff, Sylvia G.; Lenhoff, Howard M.

Categories: History of Science, Invertebrates,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Pacific grove, California, The Boxwood Press: 1986

ISBN Number: 0940168014

ISBN Number 13: 9780940168015

Binding: Pictorial boards

Book Condition: Very Good

Inscription: Signed by Authors

Seller ID: 015220

Keywords: history.science. experimental.zoology.stem cells.