History of Biology Seminars

1998 Seminar: Why Does History Matter, Biology as an Historical Science

Woods Hole, MA


The seminar participants included biologists, historians, and philosophers representing various areas of biology and related sciences from the 18th century to the 20th, who addressed the history of biology as an historical science. Comparisons and contrasts between developments in the following areas should be telling: natural history (in the 18th and 19th centuries), evolutionary biology, biogeography, systematics, ecology, ethology, embryology, genetics, cell theory, biochemistry, paleontology and geology, and cosmology.