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Sergei Vinogradskii and the Cycle of Life

From the Thermodynamics of Life to Ecological Microbiology, 1850-1950

Authors: Ackert, Lloyd

  • First book to  place Winogradsky's work in a broad historical and scientific context
  • Based on a close reading of scientific and archival sources
  • Unites a unique biography with history of history of ecology  ​
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This is one of those biographies that provide a window onto the broader understanding of science in its social and cultural context. Using Sergei Nikolaevich Vinogradskii’s career and scientific research trajectory as a point of entry, this book illustrates the manner in which microbiologists, chemists, botanists, and plant physiologists inscribed the concept of a “cycle of life” into their investigations. Their research transformed a longstanding notion into the fundamental approaches and concepts that underlay the new ecological disciplines that emerged in the 1920s. The book presents a reconstruction of significant episodes of Vinogradskii’s laboratory practices and the role of theory in their development. It paints the broader picture of the history of ecology, microbiology and soil science and how these are uniquely united: through the concept of the cycle of life.    ​

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“The book is an important contribution to our picture of shifting disciplinary boundaries, as well as to discussions of the not-so-black-and-white distinction between field science and lab science. … it complicates our understanding of the streams of thought and methodology that blended into ecology and into Vernadsky’s biogeochemistry by 1920 or so. Thus, it is an important contribution to environmental history–particularly restoring the cycle of life concept to the narrative–as well as to the history of biology.” (James Strick, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Vol. 48, 2014)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • A Synthesis of Thermodynamics and Bioenergetics in Plant Physiology: The Investigation of a Moody Apprentice

    Ackert, Lloyd

    Pages 3-22

  • The Exchange of Matter and the Transformation of Energy

    Ackert, Lloyd

    Pages 23-36

  • The Laboratory is Nature: Investigating the Cycle of Life Under the Microscope

    Ackert, Lloyd

    Pages 39-58

  • Free Nature in the Laboratory

    Ackert, Lloyd

    Pages 59-70

  • Vinogradskii’s Transformation from Plant Physiologist to Ecologist, 1890–1920

    Ackert, Lloyd

    Pages 73-92

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5198-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5197-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8101-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sergei Vinogradskii and the Cycle of Life
Book Subtitle
From the Thermodynamics of Life to Ecological Microbiology, 1850-1950
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
34
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5198-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5198-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5197-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8101-5
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 194
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