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Regola o caso speciale? Franz Unger (1800-1870) e la scoperta della divisione cellulare (2017)


The concept of cell division marks a greater paradigm change in the history of the life sciences because it transformed ideas of the formation of living substance into ideas of reproduction of living substance. The process of cell division had been observed, described and even investigated since the late nineteenth century, yet it was not before the 1850s that it was conceived as the exclusive way of cell multiplication. An analysis of the works of the Austrian botanist Franz Unger, in the 1830s one of the pioneers of cell theory, shows that a series of reasons – the research techniques, the power of tradition, the choice of the research objects, and the prevailing cell definition – induced the leading plant anatomists of this period to conceive cell division as an exception and not as a rule.

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Authors & Contributors
Reynolds, Andrew S.
Marcuccio, Roberto
Manzini, Paola
Bradbury, Savil
Richmond, Marsha L.
Frixione, Eugenio
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Quekett Journal of Microscopy
Journal of the History of Biology
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Science in Context
Pickering & Chatto
University of California, Davis
Cellular biology
Natural philosophy
Corti, Bonaventura
Abbe, Ernst
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Freud, Sigmund
Remak, Robert
Haeckel, Ernst
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
Great Britain
London (England)

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