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The Ovary of Eve: Egg and Sperm and Preformation Clara Pinto-Correia

The Ovary of Eve: Egg and Sperm and Preformation

Clara Pinto-Correia

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ISBN : 9780226669502
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424 pages
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The Ovary of Eve is a rich and often hilarious account of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century efforts to understand conception. In these early years of the Scientific Revolution, the most intelligent men and women of the day struggled to come toMoreThe Ovary of Eve is a rich and often hilarious account of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century efforts to understand conception. In these early years of the Scientific Revolution, the most intelligent men and women of the day struggled to come to terms with the origins of new life, and one theoryOCopreformationOCosparked an intensely heated debate that continued for over a hundred years. Clara Pinto-Correia traces the history of this much maligned theory through the cultural capitals of Europe.The most wonderfully eye-opening, or imagination-opening book, as amusing as it is instructive.OCoMary Warnock, London Observer[A] fascinating and often humorous study of a reproductive theory that flourished from the mid-17th century to the mid-18th century.OCoNina C. Ayoub, Chronicle of Higher EducationMore than just a good story, The Ovary of Eve is an object lesson about the history of science: Dont trust it. . . . Pinto-Correia says she wants to tell the story of historys losers. In doing so, she makes defeat sound more appealing than victory.OCoEmily Eakin, Nation.A sparkling history of preformation as it once affected every facet of European culture.OCoRobert Taylor, Boston Globe