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PASTEUR, Louis.
Mémoire sur les corpuscules organisés qui existent dans l'atmosphère. Examen de la doctrine des générations spontanées. Offprint from: Annales de chimie et de physique, 3rd series, vol. 64.
Paris: Mallet-Bachelier, 1862. First edition. PMM 336 - THE REFUTATION OF SPONTANEOUS GENERATION. First edition, very rare offprint, inscribed by Pasteur. "The longest and most important of Pasteur's papers on spontaneous generation, describing the series of classic experiments with bent-necked and sealed flasks by which he proved conclusively that fermentation and putrefaction are not the products of spontaneous generation, but result from contamination by airborne micro-organisms. Pasteur's experiments also mark the beginning of microbiology since, by showing how to sterilize a liquid and keep it sterile, he opened up the possibility of culturing and studying a single micro-organism in the absence of any others. Pasteur's paper was first printed in Vol. 16 of the Annales des sciences naturelles, Zoologie, 4th series (1861), but no offprints were made from this journal printing. The present offprint, printed in a small edition, was made from the Annales de chimie et de physique, 3rd series (1862), in which Pasteur's paper was reprinted a few months after its first appearance" (Norman). Pasteur was led to his studies on spontaneous generation by his experiments on fermentation. "In 1860 he had completed a series of careful but simple 'Experiments relative to so-called Spontaneous Generation' ... When his conclusions were called into question by Pouchet, who claimed to have repeated his experiments with totally dissimilar results, Pasteur reported in 1861, in 'Notes on the Organic Corpuscles existing in the Atmosphere,' further experiments which demonstrated beyond dispute t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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