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The Body Politic

Jan Sapp

in Genesis: The Evolution of Biology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195156195
eISBN:
9780199790340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156195.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter discusses how cell theory revolutionized the concept of the individual. A plant or an animal was no longer conceived of as a singular entity constructed out of cellular tissue. What was ... More


The Myth of the Cell Theory

Jan Sapp

in Genesis: The Evolution of Biology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195156195
eISBN:
9780199790340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156195.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter discusses cell theory. Biologists from the second half of the 19th century who investigated cells often claimed that it held the key to all biological problems. Cell theory was comprised ... More


The Early History of Cell Theory: The cell as empty chamber, building stone, and elementary organism

Andrew S. Reynolds

in The Third Lens: Metaphor and the Creation of Modern Cell Biology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226563121
eISBN:
9780226563435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226563435.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter provides an historical account of key metaphors that have shaped our modern understanding of cell theory and cell biology. The ‘cell’ concept, originally introduced in the 17th century ... More


The Third Lens: Metaphor and the Creation of Modern Cell Biology

Andrew S. Reynolds

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226563121
eISBN:
9780226563435
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226563435.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

It is a popular belief that science is supposed to provide a literally or objectively true account of the world. Philosophers call this the thesis of scientific realism. Yet an inspection of the ... More


Cells, Genes, and Evolution: On the Nature and Workings of Life

Franklin M. Harold

in In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life's Building Blocks

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226174143
eISBN:
9780226174310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226174310.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

An introductory chapter. Where the cell doctrine came from, the place of microorganisms in cell theory, how the distinction between prokaryotes and eukaryotes came to be appreciated, and the ... More


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