Dr. rer. nat. Ralf Neurohr, Spiesen-Elversberg
DETERMINING THE POSITION (LIFE SCIENCES IN THE 20TH CENTURY)
The tremendous advances in the (natural) sciences at the end of the 19th and 20th centuries, against which any reasonably serious or significant scientific discussion should be regarded, have profound consequences and the implications of such advances are not always given due consideration even by those involved in the life sciences. This situation, although unsatisfactory, is quite understandable: in this context, tremendous advances not only mean an ever deeper penetration of our knowledge into molecular and subatomic fields, i. e. into chemicophysical relationships and principles, but also an increasing spread in the range of “fringe areas” which are brought in as experimental aids in research and teaching or to clarify and interpret experimental results.
This situation has inevitably led to diversification and specialisation with the development of individual specialised su...