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“The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Sharks' Teeth to Frogs' Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come From (English Edition)”,作者:[Edward Dolnick]

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Finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction "A wonderful, astonishing story, beautifully told. Edward Dolnick has surpassed himself (and everyone else)!" --David Wootton, author of The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution "Like all good history, The Seeds of Life reminds us of so much we take for granted. Any high school student who pays attention in biology class knows some secrets about sex that eluded generations of brilliant investigators. In clear and engaging prose, Edward Dolnick traces the fascinating breakthroughs, and even more interesting blind alleys, explored by these pioneers of procreation. It's a history lesson and a biology lesson, enriched by vivid portraits of the often eccentric but always remarkable men who wielded scalpels and microscopes, trying to explain where babies come from." --Ernest Freeberg, author of The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America "Edward Dolnick delightfully unravels the strange, unreal, and often laugh-inducing tales born from man's long quest to find out 'where babies come from.' Well-researched and engagingly written, The Seeds of Life is a charmer of history: quotable, fast-paced, and a reminder that science's messy, fumbling, and flat-out faulty progress is often much stranger than fiction!" --Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, author of Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine "A delightful history...[The Seeds of Life is] the best sort of science history, explaining not only how great men made great discoveries, but why equally great men, trapped by prejudices and what seemed to be plain common sense, missed what was in front of their noses." --Kirkus, starred review "A story with many wrong turns and near misses, skillfully tantalizing modern readers with hints of a great truth obscured by lack of information. [Dolnick] does an excellent job of explaining the critical role that religion played for early modern biologists." --Library Journal "Combining first-class research and a truly delightful writing style, Dolnick shares his fascination with the history of science and our perception of reproduction in this enlightening and enjoyable read." --Booklist "The Seeds of Life is science-history writing at its very best. It tells a great story that reads like a mystery novel. But Dolnick also uses the story to demonstrate how science advances: through curiosity, brilliant insight, analogy, logic, experimentation, and hard work. Equally, he shows how it can be retarded by unexamined assumptions, ad hominem arguments, misplaced ego, and stubborn adherence to outworn theories." --Commentary Magazine "Edward Dolnick's absorbing detective story spans outlandish ancient theories on baby-making and the nineteenth-century dawn of embryology, led by pioneers such as Oscar Hertwig." --Nature "Full of intriguing anecdotes and colorful historical figures." --Science Magazine "As a record of a long biological quest, The Seeds of Life is full of detours, but that structure mimics the nature of scientific progress, illustrating how science is promoted or held back by colorful characters, by state and church intrusion or assistance, never lacking for rivalries and power struggles. Fascinating reading, Dolnick's book should evoke in us a sense of humility rather than amusement at the ignorance of the scientists of old." --New York Times Book Review "Dolnick weaves a suspenseful tale of discovery, failure and often just plain weirdness while never losing sight of the mystery at hand." --Scientific America "An engaging and exuberant tour through centuries of thought about reproduction." --Wall Street Journal --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。


Edward Dolnick is the former chief science writer for The Boston Globe and is the author of, among others, The Rush and The Clockwork Universe. He splits his time between Virginia and New York City. --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。


  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B06XGZVFL2
  • 出版社 ‏ : ‎ Basic Books; 第 Illustrated 版 (2017年6月6日)
  • 出版日期 ‏ : ‎ 2017年6月6日
  • 语言 ‏ : ‎ 英语
  • 文件大小 ‏ : ‎ 33159 KB
  • 标准语音朗读 ‏ : ‎ 已启用
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ 未启用
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  • 纸书页数 ‏ : ‎ 311页
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