Pavlov's Dogs and Schrödinger's Cat: Scenes from the living laboratory

From the sheep, dog, and cockerel that were sent aloft in Montgolfier's balloon, to Galvani's frog's legs, Dolly the Sheep, the finches of the Galapagos, and even imaginary cats and simulated life forms, Pavlov's Dogs and Schr--ouml--;dinger's Cat explores the fascinating history of the role of living things in science. - ;From the sheep, dog, and cockerel that were sent aloft in Montgolfier's balloon, to Galvani's frog's legs, Dolly the Sheep, the finches of the Galapagos, and even imaginary cats and simulated life forms, Pavlov's Dogs and Schr--ouml--;dinger's Cat explores the fascinating history of the role of living things in science. The ways in which animals and plants have been used in science has always been a matter for considerable public debate, and this book provides an important and fascinating new perspective, setting aside moral reflection to simply examine the history of how and why living creatures have been used for the purposes of scientific discovery. Many extraordinary stories are uncovered throughout five centuries of science - tales of the people involved, curious incidents and episodes, and the occasionalscientific fraud too, as clear reflections on the history and philosophy of science are combined with remarkable accounts from the living laboratory. - ;Original and thoughtful study. - PD Smith, The Guardian

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By Mag (Toronto, ON, Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · May 04, 2010
Using lichens to produce litmus paper, through Pavlov’s dogs with fistulas, and monkeys with heart transplants, to a man who infected himself with Heliobacter pylori to prove that it caused duodenal ulcers and stomach cancer, it’s a rather interesting account on using living material in a laborat... ...more
By Ira (Toronto, ON, Canada) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 20, 2013
This is a book on a pretty interesting topic discussing the use of "living apparatus" in the laboratory. It goes through wide variety of examples including animals, plants and imaginative particles and animals.

I knew that this book was not about ethics of animals being used in laboratories. But I... ...more
By Steve (Enfield, E3, The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 29, 2013
Not always a good idea to buy a book that's title intrigues you! Picked it up in Holdsworths in Ambleside as I was interested in the Schrodinger's Cat story. The book discusses the use of living apparatus in the laboratory, and goes through wide variety of examples including animals, plants and i... ...more
By Ray · ★★☆☆☆ · June 13, 2012
This is an informational book about how plants/animals were used in fairly popular science experiments. The book merely describes a bunch of science experiments and provides a unique view on experimental organisms, more as tools rather than subjects. I was not very interested in the subject, so m... ...more