jan 1, 1660 - A close-up view of "spontaneous generation (c. 1660)
New instruments of magnification are fueling scientific research. The ancient question of whether life can arise from non-living matter now can be tackled in a new way. Jesuit-trained physician Francesco Redi, for instance, shows why fly maggots often crop up in putrefied meat. They are not the result of "spontaneous generation," but rather born from eggs too tiny for the naked eye to see.
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