The Evolutionary Biology Papers of Elie Metchnikoff

  • Helena Gourko
  • Donald I. Williamson
  • Alfred I. Tauber

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 212)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Helena Gourko, Donald I. Williamson, Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 1-21
  3. Helena Gourko, Donald I. Williamson, Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 22-27
  4. Helena Gourko, Donald I. Williamson, Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 28-35
  5. Helena Gourko, Donald I. Williamson, Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 36-59
  6. Helena Gourko, Donald I. Williamson, Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 60-91
  7. Helena Gourko, Donald I. Williamson, Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 92-143
  8. Helena Gourko, Donald I. Williamson, Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 144-206
  9. Helena Gourko, Donald I. Williamson, Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 207-216
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 217-230

About this book

Introduction

Elie Metchnikoff (1845-1916), winner of the Nobel Prize in 1907 for his contributions to immunology, was first a comparative zoologist, who, working in the wake of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, made seminal contributions to evolutionary biology. His work in comparative embryology is best known in regard to the debates with Ernst Haeckel concerning animal genealogical relationships and the theoretical origins of metazoans. But independent of those polemics, Metchnikoff developed his `phagocytosis theory' of immunity as a result of his early comparative embryology research, and only in examining the full breadth of his work do we appreciate his signal originality. Metchnikoff's scientific papers have remained largely untranslated into English. Assembled here, annotated and edited, are the key evolutionary biology papers dating from Metchnikoff's earliest writings (1865) to the texts of his mature period of the 1890s, which will serve as an invaluable resource for those interested in the historical development of evolutionary biology.

Keywords

Charles Darwin Crustacea Darwin Ernst Haeckel Metazoa development embryology evolution evolutionary biology the origin tissue

Editors and affiliations

  • Helena Gourko
    • 1
    • 3
  • Donald I. Williamson
    • 2
  • Alfred I. Tauber
    • 3
  1. 1.Belorussian UniversityBelarus
  2. 2.Liverpool UniversityUK
  3. 3.Boston UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-9381-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5356-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9381-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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