By Clara Pinto-Correia
The Ovary of Eve is a wealthy and infrequently hilarious account of 17th- and eighteenth-century efforts to appreciate belief. In those early years of the clinical Revolution, the main clever women and men of the day struggled to return to phrases with the origins of recent lifestyles, and one theory—preformation—sparked an intensely heated debate that persevered for over 100 years. Clara Pinto-Correia lines the historical past of this a lot maligned idea in the course of the cultural capitals of Europe.
"The such a lot splendidly eye-opening, or imagination-opening booklet, as fun because it is instructive."—Mary Warnock, London Observer
"[A] interesting and sometimes funny research of a reproductive thought that flourished from the mid-17th century to the mid-18th century."—Nina C. Ayoub, Chronicle of upper Education
"More than simply an exceptional tale, The Ovary of Eve is an item lesson in regards to the heritage of technological know-how: do not belief it. . . . Pinto-Correia says she desires to inform the tale of history's losers. In doing so, she makes defeat sound extra attractive than victory."—Emily Eakin, Nation
"A glowing background of preformation because it as soon as affected each part of ecu culture."—Robert Taylor, Boston Globe