Trembley's Polyp: The "animal-plant" that changed 18th century biology

Pasqual Bernat


Abraham Trembley’s experiments with freshwater hydra not only surprised his contemporaries, but his results also caused a huge stir among the scientific community of his time. Ideas such as «The Great Chain of Being», the mechanism whereby living things were created, or the nature of the soul were strongly shaken.


biology; Great Chain of Being; performationism; regeneration; soul; zoology

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