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CHAPTER 1 knowledge in our time? Let us exam- ine the position of biology today and see if we can discover what lies behind the many achievements of recent years. Science is not limited by national boundaries. With the coming of the Renaissance, science began to develop on a worldwide basis. Slowly at first, but with increasing pace, scientists pushed back the frontier of ignorance, superstition, and prejudiced thinking that had stifled progress in medieval times. A Belgian medical student, An- dreas Vesalius, rebelled against medieval medicine and established the scientific study of anatomy in the 16th century. In the 17th century, William Harvey, an English physician, disputed the ancien belief that blood ebbed and flowed in the veins of the body like the tides of the sea and proposed that it circulated through arteries and veins. Later in THE SCIENCE OF LIFE ...
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