Louis Pasteur and the Founding of Microbiology

Louis Pasteur and the Founding of Microbiology

by Jane Ackerman




Louis Pasteur knew from a young age that he wanted to become a scientist. He dreamed of using science to end the suffering caused by disease. During his productive life, Pasteur made critical breakthroughs in understanding how germs cause illness and in developing treatments and vaccines for rabies and other diseases. He developed a technique for heating wine, milk, and other beverages that protects them from spoiling. He also saved the French silk industry by unraveling the mysterious diseases that were killing silkworms. Heralded in his lifetime as the greatest scientist of his age, Pasteur was also a difficult man who was accused of taking credit for the work of his assistants. Louis Pasteur and the Founding of Microbiology reveals both the private and public aspects of the scientist who made visible the invisible world of microorganisms, forever altering our understanding of the nature of disease.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931798136
Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
Publication date: 12/28/2003
Series: Profiles in Science Ser.
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1A Dangerous Decision11
Chapter 2Emerging Scientist27
Chapter 3Fermentation41
Chapter 4Pasteurization47
Chapter 5Saving Silkworms62
Chapter 6Anthrax79
Chapter 7Vaccines89
Chapter 8The Invisible Virus107
Chapter 9Pasteur Passes On123

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