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Chemical Embryology

Chemical Embryology
3 Volume Set


Dorothy Needham, Muriel Robinson
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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781107695757

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  • Joseph Needham (1900–95) was a British biochemist and historian, known for his contributions to scientific research and writings on the history of science in China. First published in 1931, the books in this set form Needham's mammoth three-volume work on the subject of physico-chemical embryology. Broadly speaking, the work found its basis in three tasks: the collection from various scientific papers of the facts known about the physico-chemical basis of embryonic development; the relation of these facts to each other and to the facts derived from the labours of investigators in morphological embryology; and, on the basis of the first two tasks, ascertaining whether any generally valid principles were apparent. Illustrative figures and tables are included throughout. This set will be of value to anyone with an interest in the works of Needham and the development of chemical embryology.

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781107695757
    • length: 2102 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 123 mm
    • weight: 3.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Prolegomena
    Part I. The Theory of Chemical Embryology
    Part II. The Origins of Chemical Embryology:
    1. Embryology in antiquity
    2. Embryology from Galen to the Renaissance
    3. Embryology in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
    Part III. General Chemical Embryology:
    1. The unfertilised egg as a physico-chemical system
    2. On increase in size and weight
    3. On increase in complexity and organisation. Volume 2: Part III. General Chemical Embryology (continued):
    4. The respiration and heat-production of the embryo
    5. Biophysical phenomena in ontogenesis
    6. General metabolism of the embryo
    7. The energetics and energy-sources of embryonic development
    8. Carbohydrate metabolism
    9. Protein metabolism
    10. The metabolism of nucleins and nitrogenous extractives
    11. Fat metabolism
    12. The metabolism of lipoids, sterols, cycloses, phosphorus and sulphur. Volume 3: Part III. General Chemical Embryology (continued):
    13. Inorganic metabolism
    14. Enzymes in ontogenesis
    15. Hormones in ontogenesis
    16. Vitamins in ontogenesis
    17. Pigments in ontogenesis
    18. Resistance and susceptibility in embryonic life
    19. Serology and immunology in embryonic life
    20. Biochemistry of the placenta
    21. Biochemistry of the placental barrier
    22. Biochemistry of the amniotic and allantoic liquids
    23. Blood and tissue chemistry of the embryo
    24. Hatching and birth
    Part IV. Appendices:
    1. Normal tables of magnitudes in embryonic growth
    2. A chemical account of the maturation of the egg-cell
    3. The chemical changes during the metamorphosis of insects Dorothy Needham
    4. The development of the plant embryo from a physico-chemical viewpoint Muriel Robinson
    Part V: Bibliography and author-index
    Index animalium.

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    Joseph Needham


    Dorothy Needham, Muriel Robinson

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