Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Visions of Cell Biology – Reflections Inspired by Cowdry's "General Cytology" - Chicago Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Visions of Cell Biology: Reflections Inspired by Cowdry's "General Cytology"

Karl S. Matlin, Jane Maienschein, and Manfred D. Laubichler


Although cell biology is often considered to have arisen following World War II in tandem with certain technological developments—in particular, the electron microscope and cell fractionation—its origins actually date to the 1830s and the development of cytology, the scientific study of cells. By 1924, with the publication of Edmund Vincent Cowdry’s General Cytology, the discipline had stretched beyond the bounds of purely microscopic observation to include as well the chemical, physical, and genetic analysis of cells. Inspired by this classic, watershed work, Visions of Cell Biology collects ... More

Keywords: cell biology, Edmund Cowdry, molecular biology, cell organization, mechanistic explanation, epigenetics, computational approaches, cytology, history of science, philosophy of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226520483
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226520650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl S. Matlin, editor
University of Chicago

Jane Maienschein, editor
Arizona State University

Manfred D. Laubichler, editor
Arizona State University