Past Event

The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human

December 13, 2022
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Online and in-person: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York

Event Description

In the late 1600s, separated by the North Sea, English polymath Robert Hooke and Dutch cloth-merchant Antonie van Leeuwenhoek looked through their handmade microscopes. What they saw introduced a radical concept that swept through biology and medicine: complex living organisms are made up of tiny, self-contained, self-regulating units. Hooke christened them “cells.” This event illuminates the fascinating history of how scientists discovered cells, began to understand them, and are now using knowledge of cell manipulation to save and improve human life.

Event Information

Open to the public; ticket purchase required via the event webapge. Please email [email protected] with any questions. Hosted by the New-York Historical Society