A History of Biology to about the Year 1900: A General Introduction to the Study of Living Things


The text of this edition has been revised throughout and many changes introduced. I have, however, avoided any attempt to present the views of the active generation of biologists. It thus remains a history but ends with the nineteenth century, though there are a few incursions into the twentieth where sense seems to demand it.

It had long been my intention to include in this work a general sketch of current biology. The immense labour needed caused me to delay in completing the task. I do not regret this because it has been done in A Hundred Years of Biology, 1952 ( England, Duckworth; U.S.A., Macmillan) by Dr. Ben Dawes, Reader in Zoology at King's College, University of London. His book has made superfluous such an attempt as I had contemplated.

I have taken advantage of criticisms of previous editions made by the late Prof. F. J. Cole and by Dr. Dawes. I am grateful to them for having saved me from some errors, but for any that remain I alone am responsible. I have also to thank the Library of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, and especially Dr. F. N. L. Poynter, for several illustrations. These are acknowledged in the list of figures.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • C. S.
  • Charles Singer
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1959
  • 3rd


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