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John Turberville Needham

(1713—1781) Roman Catholic priest and natural scientist

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Life Sciences

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

Contrasting eighteenth-century views about the nature and significance of life were presented in the two great encyclopedias of the eighteenth century. The first edition of the...

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spontaneous generation

Overview page. Subjects: Biological Sciences.

The discredited belief that living organisms can somehow be produced by nonliving matter. For example, it was once thought that microorganisms arose by the process of decay and even that...

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