Chapter 1: A Brief History of Microbiology

The Early Years of Microbiology

What does life really look like?

How can microbes be classified?
Carolus Linnaeus

Types of microbes

The Golden Age of Microbiology

The four "key" questions

Is spontaneous generation of microbial life possible?

The Scientific Method

What causes fermentation?

What causes disease?

Gram staining

How can we prevent infection and disease?

The Modern Age of Microbiology

What are the basic chemical reactions of life?

How do genes work?

What roles do microbes play in the environment?

How do we defend ourselves against disease?

What will the future hold?

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