Pasteur: The History of a Mind

Pasteur: The History of a Mind

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Pasteur: The History of a Mind

Pasteur: The History of a Mind

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This book is more than a critique of Pasteur. It is a contribution to the biological history of a swiftly changing time, a very striking period in the development of science. As such it should be of interest to all biologists, and especially to all teachers and students of biology and of medicine. For them it was written, and translated. In this time of world upheaval and readjustment, when our young men are looking more and more to France for moral and intellectual ideals, it seems peculiarly apropos that the scientific life of one of her greatest sons, to whom the whole world owes an enormous debt of gratitude, should be set before them clearly and interestingly.

This life of Pasteur was published in 1896, and its author has been dead fifteen years. The book speaks for itself, but in giving to the public an English edition it seems fitting to say some words respecting its author: "Cette grande et belle intelligence, si simple et si robuste" (Youriévitch).

The senior translator still remembers with what unexpected and keen pleasure a dozen years ago he saw the title of this book in a German catalogue of second-hand books. For some unexplained reason he had never come across the book in any library or seen any notice of it in any review, nor could he find any of his fellows who had read it, or seen it, or even heard of it. Once, only, since then has he seen it mentioned in a catalogue of secondhand books. Indeed, it seems almost as if it must have died still-born, so little notice has been taken of it, at least outside of France. Duclaux's name was enough, however, and it was ordered straightway, with the fear, oft renewed during the next few weeks, that like many a . . .

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