spontaneous generation


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spontaneous generation

[spän′tā·nē·əs ‚jen·ə′rā·shən]
(biology)
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4) When the speed of spontaneous generation is slow, the number of the pessimistic subjects in equilibrium sharply increases.
Pasteur's results forever laid to rest the hypothesis of spontaneous generation.
Lennox, "Teleology, change and Aristotle's theory of spontaneous generation," Journal of the History of Philosophy 20 (1982): 219-38; Allan Gotthelf, "Teleology and Spontaneous Generation in Aristotle: a Discussion," Apeiron 22 (1989): 181-93; A.
Arrhenius believed that spontaneous generation was impossible, and so in 1907 he published a book, Worlds in the Making, in which he proposed that bacteria of a certain size could be propelled through space by waves or starlight.
If spontaneous generation is the central trope of Egyptian earthiness, then Egypt is linked to the complex and problematic history of this concept, which raises some of the central issues of the play.
See, these busts bloomed on the mountain top, a spontaneous generation like maggots appearing on rotting meat.
Much has been written about the construction and performance of femininity according to the standard of the male subject, but in the world Finucci evokes this standard turns out to be anything but reliable: Finucci's is a world where fatherhood has a dangerous rival in spontaneous generation, where a man can become a father without sexual intercourse with a woman; it is a world where a mother's imagination can erase the father's influence on their child and where fathers have their little boys castrated for the sake of music and social advancement.
These same authors will go on to discuss the theory of spontaneous generation which was discarded many years ago.
He was one of the strongest opponents of the doctrine of spontaneous generation in the 17th century.
His early 1970s study of the Pasteur/Pouchet debate over spontaneous generation is still cited as the paradigm case study in the disruption of "received" accounts of scientific advance and reason.
Eliot and Harold Bloom on the Creative Process as Spontaneous Generation.

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